Jeremy Corbyn REFUSES to acknowledge he is wealthy

15 May

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to say that he is a wealthy man – despite earning more than £137,000.  

The 67-year-old was quizzed on a variety of topics including immigration, Trident, the future of the Labour party and his pay.

But when asked about his earnings, he refused to acknowledge that he is wealthy when speaking to Julie Etchingham on ITV’s Tonight programme which airs tonight.

He said: ‘I’m not wealthy because of where I put the money, but I’m not going into that.’ 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) refused to acknowledge he is a wealthy man - even though he earns more than £130,000 a year 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) refused to acknowledge he is a wealthy man - even though he earns more than £130,000 a year 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) refused to acknowledge he is a wealthy man – even though he earns more than £130,000 a year 

The MP for Islington North insisted that he was simply 'very adequately paid' but was not wealthy

The MP for Islington North insisted that he was simply 'very adequately paid' but was not wealthy

The MP for Islington North insisted that he was simply ‘very adequately paid’ but was not wealthy

Mr Corbyn earns £74,962 as an MP for Islington North and an extra £62,440 as Leader of the Opposition. 

During the exclusive interview, he admitted that he did not dream of becoming Prime Minister when he was younger. 

He also would not put a figure on potential immigration levels if he wins the General Election on June 8.

Mr Corbyn also admitted for the first time that free movement around the European Union would end with Brexit. 

And despite earning a salary of £137,000, he said he is ‘very adequately paid’ for what he does and urged those who are ‘well off’ to make their contribution to society.

He said: ‘I consider myself adequately paid, very adequately paid for what I do…. What I do with it is a different matter.

‘I consider myself well paid for what I do and I am wanting to say to everyone who’s well off, make your contribution to our society.’ 

Ms Etchingham, 47, reminded him that people at home will be ‘shouting at the TV saying “of course you’re a wealthy man on a £137,000″‘.

But he replied: ‘No, I’m not wealthy because of where I put the money, but I’m not going into that.’

Speaking about his stance on immigration, he said: ‘There would be fair immigration, obviously the free movement is intrinsic as membership of the EU so that is going to become a different issue in… Whenever the final departure takes place, say in 2019.’

Ms Etchingham asked him: ‘What would happen in terms of the numbers of people coming here?’

He replied: ‘There would be immigration, there would emigration… Because we have skill needs and skill shortages, there are family reunion issues.

The 67-year-old was speaking to Julie Etchingham on ITV's Tonight programme which airs tonight at 8pm

The 67-year-old was speaking to Julie Etchingham on ITV's Tonight programme which airs tonight at 8pm

The 67-year-old was speaking to Julie Etchingham on ITV’s Tonight programme which airs tonight at 8pm

He was asked about a number of topics including immigration, Trident, the future of the Labour party and his pay

He was asked about a number of topics including immigration, Trident, the future of the Labour party and his pay

He was asked about a number of topics including immigration, Trident, the future of the Labour party and his pay

‘I’m not going to put any figures on it, Theresa May has done that for, this is now the third General Election she’s promised figures none of which she’s come anywhere near to achieving.

‘Clearly the free movement ends when we leave the European Union but, there will be managed migration and it will be fair.’ 

The politician was also quizzed about whether he thought next month’s election could be the death of the Labour Party.

But he replied: ‘The Labour Party has its largest membership ever since I became the leader of this party.

‘It’s active in every single part of the country. We’ve had the most unbelievable torrents of media attacks on individuals and a failure to engage in the policy debate. 

‘This country cannot go on with its levels of inequality, you have to challenge the austerity programme. That is exactly what we are doing.’ 

The Jeremy Corbyn programme is part of a series of half-hour Tonight programmes ahead of the General Election. 

The Tonight election specials also feature interviews with Theresa May, Tim Farron, Paul Nuttall – as well as Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood and Caroline Lucas.

It will focus on the leaders covering their lives, interests, policies and their vision for the future.

  • Tonight: The Leader Interviews – Jeremy Corbyn airs on ITV at 8pm on Monday May 15

 

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