LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of “cancelling Christmas” by refusing to issue a festive message today.
Ed Miliband, Mr Corbyn’s predecessor, issued messages to the British people on Christmas Eve in 2013 and 2014.
And David Cameron has followed tradition by delivering his Christmas address this morning, hailing the country’s NHS heroes.
But embattled Mr Corbyn will instead make his statement on New Year’s Day – because he wants to avoid a clash with the Prime Minister.
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen blasted the radical left-winger for not wishing Britons a merry Christmas.
He said: “This is the new politics – Corbyn cancels Christmas.
“It is just a hint of what the British people would have to look forward to under a Corbyn-led Government.”
Mr Corbyn refused to discuss his religious beliefs in a recent interview, saying: “It’s a private thing.”
He added: “I don’t want us to move into religious politics in Britain. I respect all faiths, I probably spend more time going to religious services than most people, of all types.
“I go to synagogues, I go to mosques, I go to temples, I go to churches, and I have many humanistic friends and I have many atheist friends. I respect them all.”
The Islington North MP attempted to compare Jesus to Karl Marx – co-author of the The Communist Manifesto – in a bizarre newspaper column on Sunday.
He said: “Jesus said ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
“It is a similar maxim that inspired our party: ‘From each according to their means, to each according to their needs’.”
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn told the Huffington Post: “He added: “Any suggestion that Jeremy doesn’t like Christmas is ridiculous.
“There is no requirement for a leader of the opposition to issue a Christmas message.
He added: “It was Jeremy who used his last PMQs to wish Parliament and everyone a happy Christmas, including Mr Bridgen.”