Jeremy Corbyn denies breaking lockdown rules as images emerge of ex-Labour chief at wake

The former Labour leader was photographed sat outside a cafe in north London. The Islington MP can be seen sat down chatting with friends at a set of picnic benches while not wearing a face mask.

The images are understood to have been taken at approximately 5pm on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: “Jeremy attended a funeral for a greatly missed and well-loved former councillor, where Covid-related precautions were taken.”

Under lockdown rules, up to 30 people can attend a funeral in a Covid-secure venue or in outdoor public spaces.

However, social distancing and mask-wearing is expected to be maintained.

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A local chef who took the picture told the Daily Mail: “They should all be wearing masks – they were all just chilling and laughing and all with coffees.”

He added he was told “you need to go away, this is a funeral party”.

Mr Corbyn is understood to have been seated outside The Goods Office café in Stroud Green, north London when he was pictured having coffee with the group.

The latest pictures come after Mr Corbyn was forced to apologise in October for breaking the then enforced “rule of six”.

The former Labour leader was pictured having a dinner party with nine guests at a friends house.

After the images emerged, Mr Corbyn said: “I recently had dinner at a friend’s house where the number of guests eventually exceeded five.

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“I understand that remaining at the dinner was a breach of the rule of six.

“I apologise for my mistake.”

He was also seen breaching the rules in December when he and his brother, Piers, visited his house shortly before Christmas.

The pair chatted on the doorstep of the MP’s Islington home without wearing masks and broke social distancing rules by shaking hands.

The latest pictures of Mr Corbyn emerged as Jonathan Van-Tam said tonight it is up to the public to hold their nerve and obey coronavirus restrictions in order to not risk the easing of the lockdown.

England’s deputy chief medical officer told the Downing Street press conference: “I do worry that people think it’s all over.

“The more they think that when it’s not, the greater the headwind they’re going to give to the vaccine programme and the more at risk will become the milestones set on the road map.

“It is actually up to us whether we can hold our nerve and see this through properly to the end of the road map or whether we’re going to fall at the last furlong.”

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