BBC cameraman ‘in hospital’ after scuffle outside Jeremy Corbyn’s doorstep

Jeremy Corbyn at People's Assembly Demo, June 2014 by David Holt

A cameraman from the BBC apparently went to hospital on Tuesday night with neck and face injuries after an incident outside the front door of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s house.

Writing on Twitter, Channel 4’s political correspondent Michael Crick reported an alleged assault on journalist James Webb who was doorstepping Corbyn, adding that a Corbyn aide was believed to be behind the attack.

Though the details of the incident are still unconfirmed, footage has emerged in which a camera pointed towards Corbyn’s door falls to the ground, with the Belfast Telegraph video claiming a “taxi driver pushed past a cameraman”, knocking the camera to the ground.

In the clip a man, presumably Webb, can seemingly be heard complaining: “You’ve smashed me camera!” And later on somebody says: “That was his taxi driver, wasn’t it? Everyday we’ve had trouble down here.”

However Jim Pickard of the Financial Times reported that Labour attributed the incident to the “government’s car service”.  

Crick has claimed there has been a number of incidents like this, and such events are unlikely to help the impression that some Corbynites are a little militant in their approach to politics.

Update: A Department for Transport spokesman has told the Spectator: “We are investigating media reports of an incident yesterday involving a Government Car Service vehicle. We are looking at whether the driver was involved and the extent and nature of that involvement.”

Update 2: Previous Labour prime minister Gordon Brown’s spin doctor Charlie Whelan has some alternative advice on how to deal with pesky cameramen:

Update 3: A spokesman from the BBC had this to say on the matter:

“The BBC can confirm there was an incident involving a BBC cameraman while filming Jeremy Corbyn leaving his home yesterday. He sustained some injuries for which he’s received treatment. The BBC has spoken to the Labour party, who has confirmed the incident involved a government driver, not a Labour party member of staff.”

More details to follow. Image Credit – Jeremy Corbyn at People’s Assembly Demo, June 2014 by David Holt

Jimmy Nicholls

Jimmy Nicholls

Writer on Westminster, free speech, religion and so forth. Contact jimmy.nicholls@rightdishonourable.com

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