• Corbyn met Sir Jeremy Heywood to discuss Labour’s transition into Government
  • Labour leader praised ‘professionalism and commitment’ of Cabinet Secretary
  • But many joked that Corbyn – 8-1 in two-horse race – meeting was waste of time
  • One said Sir Jeremy should get the Victoria Cross if he kept a straight face today 

James Dunn For Mailonline

Jeremy Corbyn today met with Britain’s most senior civil servant Sir Jeremy Heywood to discuss Labour’s transition into Government ahead of the June election.

But it seems not everyone shared the Labour leader’s optimism, with the meeting sparking mockery from many who have discounted Corbyn.

After his Corbyn confirmed the meeting, one user, MW1, tweeted: ’15mins of Sir Jeremy Heywood’s life never to be got back.’

Jeremy Corbyn (left) today met with Britain’s most senior civil servant Sir Jeremy Heywood (right) to discuss Labour’s transition into Government ahead of the June election

Not everyone shared the Labour leader's optimism, with the meeting sparking mockery from many who have discounted Corbyn

Not everyone shared the Labour leader's optimism, with the meeting sparking mockery from many who have discounted Corbyn

Not everyone shared the Labour leader’s optimism, with the meeting sparking mockery from many who have discounted Corbyn

Some suggested that Heywood deserves an official honour if he sat through the entire meeting without laughing out loud

Some suggested that Heywood deserves an official honour if he sat through the entire meeting without laughing out loud

Some suggested that Heywood deserves an official honour if he sat through the entire meeting without laughing out loud

Numerous videos were posted on Twitter accompanying the news, including this famous footage of Theresa May laughing in the Commons

Numerous videos were posted on Twitter accompanying the news, including this famous footage of Theresa May laughing in the Commons

Numerous videos were posted on Twitter accompanying the news, including this famous footage of Theresa May laughing in the Commons

Others suggested that Heywood deserves an official honour if he sat through the entire meeting without laughing out loud.

Matt Brannigan wrote: ‘If Jeremy Heywood kept a straight face, he deserves a Victoria Cross.’

Richard Northey‏ wrote: ‘Sir Jeremy Heywood must be one of the most polite civil servants to even agree to that meeting.’

Max Sefton‏ said: ‘Corbyn meeting with Jeremy Heywood to discuss his transition into government shows he has a hitherto unsuspected sense of humour.’

The Labour leader praised the ‘professionalism and commitment’ of Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood after their ‘detailed and productive’ meeting.

Labour has already been given access to the Civil Service for factual information about the organisation of Whitehall departments.

Richard Northey‏ wrote: 'Sir Jeremy Heywood must be one of the most polite civil servants to even agree to that meeting.'

Richard Northey‏ wrote: 'Sir Jeremy Heywood must be one of the most polite civil servants to even agree to that meeting.'

Richard Northey‏ wrote: ‘Sir Jeremy Heywood must be one of the most polite civil servants to even agree to that meeting.’

Jim Bond shared the sentiments of many other users, finding the meeting about what seems such an unlikely event hilarious

Jim Bond shared the sentiments of many other users, finding the meeting about what seems such an unlikely event hilarious

Jim Bond shared the sentiments of many other users, finding the meeting about what seems such an unlikely event hilarious

Max Sefton‏ said: 'Corbyn meeting with Jeremy Heywood to discuss his transition into government shows he has a hitherto unsuspected sense of humour'

Max Sefton‏ said: 'Corbyn meeting with Jeremy Heywood to discuss his transition into government shows he has a hitherto unsuspected sense of humour'

Max Sefton‏ said: ‘Corbyn meeting with Jeremy Heywood to discuss his transition into government shows he has a hitherto unsuspected sense of humour’

The party will also be informing officials of any likely policy changes if it succeeds in ousting the Conservatives on June 8.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: ‘The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, today met the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, to discuss the transition to government if Labour wins the General Election.

‘The meeting, with the support of staff and colleagues, was detailed and productive, and will now be followed by departmental discussions.

‘Jeremy would like to put on record his appreciation of the professionalism and commitment of the Cabinet Secretary and his Civil Service colleagues.’

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