The Staggers 31 August 2015 What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden? He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say? Matt Cardy/Getty Images Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say? In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said: “This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.” He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson. Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. › I believe only Yvette Cooper has the breadth of support to beat Jeremy Corbyn Stephen Bush is political editor of the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!