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Boris criticised for laying wreath upside down and Corbyn slammed for ‘tiny bow’


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are both facing criticism for two apparent gaffes during the National Service of Remembrance.

The party leaders put their election campaigns on hold to pay respects to the war dead at the Centotaph today.

As is tradThe Prime Minister was the first politician to lay a poppy wreath, but as he approached he appeared to turn it over in his hands.

This meant the handwritten message that was pinned to the wreath ended up upside down at the bottom.

The message said: ‘To the immortal memory of those who laid down their lives for us all.’

Unfortunately for the Prime Minister, it was his second gaffe in a matter of seconds.

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Before the parade of politicians and dignitaries laid their wreaths, a military officer shouted an order for servicemen and women to stand ‘at ease’.

But Mr Johnson didn’t get the memo and went off a little early to lay his wreath

He then had to awkwardly jump back in line next to Mr Corbyn.

It didn’t go unnoticed by people watching the ceremony at home, who told the Prime Minister to do ‘better next time’.

One upset Twitter user said: ‘I’m a conservative supporter but I’m very disappointed in the way you conducted yourself today, your coat unbuttoned, you laid the wreath upside down and didn’t pay respect afterwards.

‘If you are re-elected, please do better next time.’

The Labour leader was also criticised for not bowing ‘deeply enough’.

After laying his wreath, Mr Corbyn was seen tilting his head downwards out of respect before turning and walking away.

But for some viewers at home, his bow was likened to a ‘twitch’, while another said it looked like he ‘could hardly bring himself to bow’.

One angry Twitter user said: ‘I cannot understand why Jeremy Corbyn will not bow his head in respect at the Cenotaph.

‘It’s appalling. That alone will deny him my vote for anything at all.’

Following the ceremony, thousands of veterans and servicemen and women will march past the Cenotaph to pay their respects to those killed in past and present conflicts.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Kohima in India, the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands and the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy.

In a video released on his Twitter account before the ceremony, Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the work of the Armed Forces both current and throughout history.

He said: ‘We remember the many brave people from Britain and all across the world who put their lives on the line making huge sacrifices in two world wars which cost the lives of millions, and in all other conflicts since.

‘And we stand together to say: Never again.’


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