If there’s one thing Jeremy Corbyn does not like, it’s being hassled by journalists. The Labour leader was filmed yesterday refusing to answer questions about Ken Livingstone’s remarks before he managed to give the camera crew the slip. He’s also been filmed walking through Westminster keeping quiet whilst journalists try and persuade him to answer questions. And earlier this month, Corbyn did not take kindly to a reporter from LBC doorstepping him following the row over David Cameron’s tax affairs.
On all of those previous occasions, he’s managed to make a quick exit. But his attempts to do the same earlier today were thwarted – by a locked door. The grouchy Labour leader tried to give a Sky News reporter short shrift, saying only ‘Goodbye’. Unfortunately for Corbyn, his escape was blocked by a door which wouldn’t open. He tried desperately to get away from the reporter’s questioning as he fumbled with the buzzer. Corbyn got there eventually but Mr Steerpike suggests that dodging answering awkward questions looks as though it is becoming trickier for the Labour leader.