This week Jeremy Corbyn has found himself battling with the media once again as he had to reprimand lobby journalists for loitering too close to his office during his Shadow Cabinet reshuffle deliberations. Happily he no longer has to deal with such proximity issues when he returns home this evening.
Mr S revealed back in December that the Labour leader was officially ‘living with the enemy’ after his lodger Gian Volpicelli started doing shifts for Mail Online. While Corbyn has made no secret of his dislike for the Mail group — making fun of both a Mail Online and a Mail on Sunday article in his party conference speech, Volpicelli managed to impress hacks at the website with his journalistic CV — after they spied his famous Finsbury Park address on his application.
However, Steerpike understands that Volpicelli has now moved out of the property after deciding it was best to focus on his journalism from a different address. The freelance journalist has still at least got his former landlord’s back when it comes to his political career. Volpicelli has tweeted to say that it is ‘quite bad’ that Hilary Benn was not fired as Shadow Foreign Secretary given that he is the ‘posterboy of the anti-Jezza front’.
Quite bad bombing-Benn wasn't sacked, also because the guy is the new darling and posterboy of the anti-Jezza front #reshuffle
— Gian Volpicelli (@Gmvolpi) January 6, 2016
While Mr S is of course happy to pass on any applications to Corbyn to be the leader’s new lodger, Steerpike suspects that his boosted opposition leader salary means that he will be in no rush to fill the room anytime soon.