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was jeered after he tried to pay tribute to Armed Forces Day which takes place on Saturday.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to those in the armed forces who serve for Britain and who are a “source of pride and inspiration”.

Mr Corbyn said: “Thank you, Mr Speaker, I join the Prime Minister in paying tribute to Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day.”

Some MPs in the Commons could be overheard jeering, forcing the Labour Party leader to pause.

Mr Corbyn added: “And I hope that we also recognise that we need to do far more for veterans in their housing and health needs as well.”

The uproar may have been due to Mr Corbyn’s controversial views on the military. 

 In 2012 Jeremy Corbyn faced criticism after he delivered a speech about his views on the army.

He said: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every politician around the world instead of taking pride in the size of their Armed Forces did what Costa Rica have done and abolished their Army, and took pride in the fact they don’t have an Army.

“And that their country is near the top of the global peace index. Surely that is the way we should be going forward.”

started Prime Minister’s Questions saying: “I know that on Saturday members from across the House will be attending events to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

“This will provide an opportunity to recognise the source of pride and inspiration that our serving men and women are to us.”

Armed Forces Day takes place Saturday with the national event to be held in North Wales and local events will be taking place across the country.

A statement on the Armed Forces Day website reads: “Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.”

They add: “Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much-valued morale boost for the troops and their families.

“You can find out more about what they are doing at home and around the world by visiting the official sites of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.”

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