James Whale has said the speech given by Jeremy Corbyn at this week's Labour Party Conference reminded him of Neil Kinnock's infamous performance at the Sheffield Rally on the eve of the 1992 general election.
James was referring to a speech in which Kinnock, then the Labour leader and the favourite to win the election, adopted an American accent to shout "We're all right" over and over again - an act which was roundly mocked for its naivety.
Kinnock went on to lose the election to John Major's Conservatives, and James said Corbyn should beware falling for the "hysteria" which greeted his headline speech at this week's conference.
James said: "It seems to be abroad in the Labour Party, people who seem to be hysterical about Jeremy Corbyn.
"The last time that happened, it was Neil Kinnock. Remember he came on at the conference with the pop music?
"That was more or less how Corbyn did it today [Wednesday].
"He's like an old Bay City Roller, isn't he?"
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