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20 November 2019 00:33

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Jeremy Corbyn says the monarchy ‘needs improvement’ after Prince Andrew scandal

Boris Johnson faced an awkward moment tonight as he was grilled on live TV over the crisis engulfing Prince Andrew. The Prime Minister was asked if the Duke of York was "fit for purpose" in a live studio showdown between himself and Jeremy Corbyn. He said "the law must take its course" after the Duke refused to show remorse for his friendship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Tonight's ITV debate came a day after the Tory leader laughed off the Duke's Newsnight interview, saying aid "nice try" when he was asked about it. This time, he was cornered by host Julie Etchingham in the first live TV debate of the election - and he and Jeremy Corbyn had very different answers.

Asked if the monarchy was fit for purpose, long-time Republican Mr Corbyn said: "Needs a bit of improvement." Mr Corbyn said: "Before we discuss Prince Andrew I think we should discuss the victims that are there because of what Epstein did. The Prime Minister, who said in August he has "seen the good" Prince Andrew can do, said: "All our sympathies should be obviously with the victims of Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew has faced questions over his judgement in maintaining a friendship with the disgraced billionaire, who was found dead by apparent suicide in his cell in New York in August. BBC viewers reacted with disbelief to Prince Andrew's description of Epstein's behaviour as "unbecoming" and the use of his New York flat as convenient as he denied ever meeting 17-year-old Virginia Roberts But Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon branded Mr Johnson a "scaredy-cat" over his refusal to debate her, saying she would face him "any time, any place". The Labour leader made the comments during tonight's election debate: (Picture: Getty; ITV) Jeremy Corbyn has said the monarchy 'needs a bit of improvement' after being asked on tonight's ITV election debate if it was fit for purpose.

ITV's Julie Etchingham then asked the party leaders if Prince Andrew was fit for purpose, to which Mr Corbyn said: 'Before we discuss Prince Andrew I think we should discuss the victims that are there because of what (Jeffrey) Epstein was doing. Mr Corbyn also said the victims of Jeffrey Epstein should be the primary focus: (Picture: ITV) 'I think there are very, very serious questions that must be answered and nobody should be above the law, but the primary position ought to be the proper treatment of those people who were victims of the most appalling behaviour by apparently Epstein and many others.' Mr Johnson said 'all our sympathies' should be with the victims of Epstein, adding: 'The law must certainly take its course.' Jeremy Corbyn has said the monarchy needs "improvement" following the scandal over Prince Andrew's friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The Labour leader and PM Boris Johnson were asked about their views on the monarchy during a televised head-to-head debate on Tuesday night. Giving his own answer Mr Johnson said: "The institution of the monarchy is beyond reproach!" Asked specifically about the allegations around Prince Andrew, Mr Corbyn replied: "Before we discuss Prince Andrew I think we should discuss the victims that are there because of what Epstein was doing and I think there are very, very serious questions that must be answered and nobody should be above the law. Following him, Mr Johnson said: "I think all our sympathies should be obviously with the victims of Jeffrey Epstein and the law must certainly take its course." Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn refused to back Prince Andrew when asked whether of not he is fit for purpose during their leadership debate.

During a quickfire round the last segment of the debate on ITV, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition were asked about the Duke of York. It comes as the prince is facing heavy criticism this week over his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in prison. Johnson and Corbyn both dodged the question of whether or not Prince Andrew is 'fit for purpose' during the debate Hosting Tuesday night's leadership debate in Salford, Julie Etchingham asked the Labour and Tory leaders: 'Is Prince Andrew fit for purpose?' Corbyn said: 'Before we discuss Prince Andrew, I think we should discuss the victims that are there because of what Epstein was doing and I think there are very, very serious questions that must be answered and nobody should be above the law.' Johnson said: 'All our sympathy should be with the victims of Jeffrey Epstein and the law must certainly take its course.' The original question sent in to ITV was: 'Is the Monarchy fit for purpose.' Corbyn fired back that it 'needs a bit of improvement' but Johnson followed with 'the institution of the monarchy is beyond reproach'. In the interview, Andrew denied having sex with Epstein trafficking victim Virginia Roberts, who said she slept with when she was 17. JEREMY Corbyn tonight said the monarchy "needs improvement" after the Prince Andrew scandal.

The Labour leader said "very, very serious" questions needed to be answered as the Duke of York was quizzed over his friendship with disgraced paedo financier Jeffrey Epstein. 3 Jeremy Corbyn said he thought the monarchy needed improvement during the debate Credit: PA:Press Association Speaking during the ITV leaders' debate, Corbyn it was important to focus on the victims of Epstein, saying they had been treated in an "appalling" way. Boris Johnson also weighed in on the monarchy - saying they were "beyond reproach" when asked if the family was still relevant. The party leaders went head-to-head in their first televised debate tonight, with Boris Johnson narrowly winning. Chris Curtis, YouGov's Political Research Manager, said: "Our snap poll shows that the public is divided on who won the debate, with most Labour voters thinking Jeremy Corbyn won, most Conservative voters thinking Boris Johnson won, and very few people changing their minds.

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