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Is Jeremy Corbyn really more posh than Harriet Harman?

Is Jeremy Corbyn really more posh than Harriet Harman?
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Harriet Harman ended her final appearance at PMQs as the interim Labour leader with a parting shot in the direction of Jeremy Corbyn, who is the odds-on favourite to be the party's next leader. ‘It was quite surprising to discover I’m not possibly old enough or posh enough to be the frontrunner of this leadership election,' Harman told Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics.

It's true Corbyn is one year older than Harman, at 66, but is he really more posh than the St Paul's Girls' School alumnus?

The die-hard socialist certainly has the most privileged upbringing of any of the Labour leadership candidates. Growing up in a seven-bedroom manor house in Shropshire, he is the only candidate who attended private school, studying at the independent Castle House Preparatory School. However, he later moved to Adams' Grammar School. Liz Kendall also attended a grammar school, while Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham both attended comprehensives.

Still Mr S suspects Corbyn's school fees at Castle House -- which now charges £7,275 per annum -- are nothing compared to what Harman's parents had to cough up for her to attend St Paul's, which charges £20,874 per year. It seems she shouldn't have been so quick to rule herself out of the running after all.

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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