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ITV News confused Lenny Henry with Ainsley Harriott

Ready, steady, cringe.

Everyone loves Lenny Henry, don’t they? Kids, grown-ups, Her Royal Highness: the comedian is so well-loved that he has been awarded a Knighthood at Windsor Castle today. Well, the journos at ITV this afternoon expressed their adoration for Henry with a loving news segment that confused him with popular TV chef Ainsley Harriott. The report showed Henry speaking to an ITV presenter about what a “mind-blowing” honour recieving the Knighthood was, before switching to an unrelated clip of Harriott wildly waving maracas at the Comedy Store.

(Who are the Calypso Twins, I hear you cry? Nope, it’s not another one of Ukip’s racist musical acts, but Harriott’s early 1990s comedy/music act with schoolfriend Paul Boross, of course. You know, with familiar hits like “World Party”. He does a Caribbean accent and everything.)

The clip was then removed from repeats of the report.

A spokesperson for ITV News said, “ITV News apologises for the error broadcast in the lunchtime news package today regarding Sir Lenny Henry’s Knighthood at the palace. This was the result of an error in the production process in a piece intended to celebrate Sir Lenny’s significant achievements in British entertainment.”

Henry has written in the New Statesman of his desire to see more BAME people on television. This cringing mole is not sure this was quite what he meant.

I'm a mole, innit.

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Will Jeremy Corbyn stand down if Labour loses the general election?

Defeat at the polls might not be the end of Corbyn’s leadership.

The latest polls suggest that Labour is headed for heavy defeat in the June general election. Usually a general election loss would be the trigger for a leader to quit: Michael Foot, Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband all stood down after their first defeat, although Neil Kinnock saw out two losses before resigning in 1992.

It’s possible, if unlikely, that Corbyn could become prime minister. If that prospect doesn’t materialise, however, the question is: will Corbyn follow the majority of his predecessors and resign, or will he hang on in office?

Will Corbyn stand down? The rules

There is no formal process for the parliamentary Labour party to oust its leader, as it discovered in the 2016 leadership challenge. Even after a majority of his MPs had voted no confidence in him, Corbyn stayed on, ultimately winning his second leadership contest after it was decided that the current leader should be automatically included on the ballot.

This year’s conference will vote on to reform the leadership selection process that would make it easier for a left-wing candidate to get on the ballot (nicknamed the “McDonnell amendment” by centrists): Corbyn could be waiting for this motion to pass before he resigns.

Will Corbyn stand down? The membership

Corbyn’s support in the membership is still strong. Without an equally compelling candidate to put before the party, Corbyn’s opponents in the PLP are unlikely to initiate another leadership battle they’re likely to lose.

That said, a general election loss could change that. Polling from March suggests that half of Labour members wanted Corbyn to stand down either immediately or before the general election.

Will Corbyn stand down? The rumours

Sources close to Corbyn have said that he might not stand down, even if he leads Labour to a crushing defeat this June. They mention Kinnock’s survival after the 1987 general election as a precedent (although at the 1987 election, Labour did gain seats).

Will Corbyn stand down? The verdict

Given his struggles to manage his own MPs and the example of other leaders, it would be remarkable if Corbyn did not stand down should Labour lose the general election. However, staying on after a vote of no-confidence in 2016 was also remarkable, and the mooted changes to the leadership election process give him a reason to hold on until September in order to secure a left-wing succession.

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