Calls for Corbyn to quit as Johnson charms media with cups of tea

Jeremy Corbyn has faced fresh calls to stand down following controversy over a visit to a cemetery in Tunisia in 2014. 

Sajid Javid called for the Labour leader to quit after the Daily Mail claimed he was photographed holding a wreath near the graves of those responsible for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The calls from the Conservative front bench come a week after former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson compared women in burqas to “letter boxes” in a Daily Telegraph column, comments he has refused to apologise for. 

Johnson charmed reporters with cups of tea at his Oxfordshire home yesterday, avoiding questions on the comments by handing out hot beverages in his typically whimsical style. 

He said: “I am here solely on a humanitarian mission because you have been here all day.

“You have all been incredibly patient and I feel very sorry for you because I have nothing to say about this matter.”

With islamaphobic accusations swept aside the media went back on the rampage against the Labour leader this morning, with the Mail’s report dominating political headlines. 

Labour has said Mr Corbyn had already made clear he was paying his respects to the victims of a 1985 Israeli airstrike on Palestinian Liberation Organisation offices in Tunis. 

But the Mail say its own visit to the Martyrs Cemetery had shown the pictures were taken in front of a plaque honouring the founder of Black September, which carried out the Munich atrocity, while the airstrike memorial was 15 yards away.

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