JEREMY CORBYN described himself as “Monsieur Zen” yesterday in his attitude to receiving verbal abuse and character assassinations.
The Labour leader claimed he “never gets angry” over the slurs, although he admitted feeling “slightly irritated” when he hears praise of the Lib Dems.
He was campaigning in Oxford, where he called on swing voters to back Labour.
At a play park, he pushed the swings for Freddie and Isabella, the children of his party’s Oxford East parliamentary candidate Anneliese Dodds, currently an MEP.
Mr Corbyn later met activists in the city, where he was handed red roses.
Asked by one supporter about tactical voting at next month’s election, he replied: “The Lib Dems went into coalition with the Conservatives in 2010, voted in the Health and Social Care Act, voted for the cuts in the Department for Work and Pensions budget, voted in student fee increases.
“I never do abuse, I never get angry, I’m Monsieur Zen on these matters — but it does make me slightly irritated when I get lectures about the Lib Dems.
“We know what they did when they had a chance to do something different.”