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Inquiry launched into Corbyn ‘frailty’ claim by civil servants – but it isn’t independent

Not so frail: Jeremy Corbyn looked perfectly healthy when he scaled the wall at a climbing centre in Leeds last October. If senior civil servants have been briefing that he is ‘frail’, perhaps they had an ulterior political motive.

The Cabinet Office has launched an inquiry after senior civil service sources were said to have claimed that the considered Jeremy Corbyn “too frail” to be prime minister – but it won’t be the independent inquiry that Mr Corbyn wants.

The prime minister’s spokesman stated: “The Cabinet Office is investigating this potential breach of the civil service code fully and fairly just as it would any other. If we are able to identify an individual responsible we will take disciplinary action.”

Mr Corbyn, 70, had demanded a “speedy and thorough” independent inquiry after The Times reported that two senior civil servants had claimed that he might have to stand down due to health issues.

In a letter to Cabinet Office secretary Mark Sedwill, he stated that the matter had “undermined confidence in the principle of civil service neutrality”, adding that “such discussions, based on false assumptions, should not be taking place, nor shared with a newspaper”.

He also stated: “For there to be trust in any investigation, there need to be assurances on its scope and independence. In the light of this, I would urge you to ensure that there is a speedy and thorough independent investigation, rather than one carried out by the Cabinet Office.”

In spite of this, the Cabinet Office has launched its own inquiry.

Will we be able to trust the findings of the report – and any action taken on those findings?

That will depend on what those findings are – and the manner in which they are reported.

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