- Jeremy Corbyn boasts he will enter Number Ten by Christmas and scrap Trident
- Corbyn, 68, said he believes he will become prime minister within six months
- It comes as the Labour leader received a hero’s welcome at Glastonbury Festival
Jeremy Corbyn has boasted that he will enter Number Ten by Christmas and scrap Trident as soon as possible, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival said yesterday.
Michael Eavis, the bearded dairy farmer who owns the land on which the event takes place, said the Labour leader told him be believes he will be prime minister within six months.
The comments about axeing Britain’s nuclear deterrent will worry moderate members of the Labour Party, who fear the policy would put the UK at risk.
Mr Corbyn received a hero’s welcome when he addressed crowds at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday.
Michael Eavis (pictured with Jeremy Corbyn) said the Labour leader told him be believes he will be prime minister within six months
During a question and answer session yesterday, Mr Eavis described the Labour leader as ‘fantastic’.
But Mr Corbyn has now denied saying he would scrap Trident ‘as soon as possible’ and a Labour source said Mr Eavis was ‘paraphrasing’ the conversation.
Asked what Mr Corbyn said to him before appearing on stage, the farmer said: ‘I said to when are you going to be prime minister? He said, ‘In six months’.’
Mr Eavis said he then asked the politician: ‘When are you going to get rid of Trident?’ to which he replied: ‘As soon as I can.’
The Labour manifesto confirmed the party would support Trident, even though Mr Corbyn is known to want to scrap it.
Mr Corbyn had to give way after the unions insisted his party’s support for the nuclear deterrent should be maintained.
But his new strengthened position within Labour could see Mr Corbyn push ahead with an end to Trident if he is elected PM in another snap election.
Yesterday Mr Eavis questioned the Corbynite Momentum movement’s actions before the EU referendum.