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Watch: Jeremy Corbyn suggests the Queen is a secret Gooner

Watch: Jeremy Corbyn suggests the Queen is a secret Gooner
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Although Jeremy Corbyn's aides refused to confirm whether he would give a tribute to the Queen on her 90th birthday, the Labour leader did manage to put his republican tendencies to one side today in order to mark the happy occasion.

After wishing Her Majesty a happy birthday, he went on to give his football team Arsenal a plug. Corbyn said that many locals believe that Her Majesty is actually a secret Gooner -- pointing to the fact that the Queen’s coronation drive went through Islington, key Arsenal territory

'Now we know the Queen is absolutely above politics. She may be above football too. But many locals harbour this quiet secret view that she actually, privately, is a Gooner.'

Perhaps there is hope for relations between Corbyn and the Queen 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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