Ronnie Campbell MP, representative for Blyth Valley, has defended Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after he did not sing the national anthem at a Battle of Britain ceremony. Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees, Mr Campbell said Mr Corbyn is a "very nice man, too nice." He added that he wouldn't take "half of what he has" and said people need to just "get over it.'
Mr Campbell believes that no matter what Corbyn does, he can't seem to win. "If he was singing at the top of his voice? Wouldn't make a difference, honestly, no."
Kate Green, Shadow Women's and Equalities Minister, said on BBC Radio 4 that the silence would have "offended and hurt people."
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn defended the move, stressing he listened in "respectful silence".