Saturday 18 November 2017

Jeremy Corbyn’s mystery self-build project is really coming on

The Labour leader is seemingly a deft hand with the trowel.

(Owen Humphreys/John Stillwell/PA)
(Owen Humphreys/John Stillwell/PA)

By Nicola Irwin

They say a week is a long time in politics, but in a month it seems you can get quite a bit done.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was spotted on the election trail at the start of June mallet in hand laying the first bricks in what must be a side project.

Now, just over a month later he is waist-high in bricks and seemingly a deft hand with the trowel.

In the beginning…

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(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Corbyn was never going to be able to do back-breaking work in that pose. He’d soon have to change his ways.

He soon got more comfortable

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(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Before long he was talking about gauging trowels, line blocks and pointing trowels.

And look at him now

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(John Stillwell/PA)

He’s lost the suit jacket and rolled his sleeves up. That brick is now as light as a feather to JC.

A bit of cement doesn’t bother him

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(John Stillwell/PA)

Corbyn is also clearly working the hi-vis look.

He’s only too happy to pass on his new-found expertise

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(John Stillwell/PA)

Even if some people prefer to check out How To vids on YouTube

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(John Stillwell/PA)

He’ll have that wall finished in no time

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(John Stillwell/PA)

But nothing competes with Boris Johnson’s love of bricks

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(Joe Giddens/PA)

Boris carries that one around with him for good luck.

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