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Jeremy Corbyn Has Not Broken His Arm

Breaking news: We are happy to confirm the Labour leader is in fairly good shape, apart from a slight twinge in his leg.

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Panic spread through the political world on Sunday afternoon when it was reported the Labour leader had incapacitated himself.

It all began when Labour shadow cabinet member Diane Abbott reportedly told the crowd at a housing protest that the Labour leader could not attend due to his broken arm.

Diane Abbott has told the #killthehousingbill protest that Jeremy Corbyn can't attend because he's broken his arm. Get well soon, Jez!

People were understandably concerned.

Reading a Budget response speech with a broken arm will be very tricky for Jeremy Corbyn.

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Not to mention painful. Get well soon, Jez.

Accusations were made.

Hearing that Corbyn's broken arm was the result of a hit and run. Anyone confirm?

But something wasn't quite right with the story. That something was this: Jeremy Corbyn has not broken his arm.

Or, as his slightly baffled spokesperson told BuzzFeed News when reached on the phone: "He hasn't broken his arm. This is bizarre. I think she's getting confused because he's got a twinge in his leg."

The spokesperson did concede it was theoretically possible that Corbyn had broken his arm on the Sunday morning and not told anyone other than Abbott, although they believed this would be quite unlikely. So don't expect to see Corbyn with his arm in pot anytime soon.

Instead, they confirmed the Labour leader is struggling with a pulled muscle in his leg. However, this will not hold Corbyn back and he has already bravely managed to go campaigning in Sheffield and Newcastle despite the injury.


Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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