Why did Jeremy Corbyn have wheat in his pocket at PMQs?

Why did Jeremy Corbyn have wheat in his pocket at PMQs?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

When Jeremy Corbyn took the stand at Prime Minister’s Questions, he puzzled some viewers by sporting an ear of wheat in his jacket pocket.

talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer was confused about his new accessory, asking on Twitter whether he was ‘trolling’ Theresa May by making references to her younger days of frolicking in wheat fields.

“Is @jeremycorbyn trolling @theresa_may at PMQs with his breast pocket today? Has he been running through a field of corn?” she wrote.

Responses were as bemused as Hartley-Brewer.

“No, his stuffing is coming out,” wrote one, while others suggested he was trying a new, Worzel Gummidge-inspired look.

 

Supporting British farming

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg put the mystery to rest, tweeting that MPs were not in fact paying “tribute to Theresa May’s naughty school girl habits” but showing support for British farming.

Today is Back British Farming Day, and the National Farmer’s Union urged MPs to show support by wearing the wheat badges, which are made from British wheat and held together with British wool to represent the contribution of farmers.

Corbyn wasn’t the only MP wearing one - Dawn Butler, Emily Thornberry, Ian Lavery and Andrew Gwynne, among others, could also be seen with them on their lapels.

MPs can be seen wearing wheat badges in the House of Commons. Image: Parliament TV

Today (September 12), sees the Agriculture Bill being introduced into parliament. The NFU, along with other food suppliers, called on the government in May to maintain frictionless trade with the EU and ensure workers from the EU can continue to enter the UK for seasonal farm work.

The union says the legislation, which will reduce subsidies farmers receive, “falls short” of their expectation.