Jeremy Corbyn suggests he will give Chequers to rough sleepers if he becomes prime minister

·Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK

Jeremy Corbyn has suggested he would give Chequers to homeless people if he becomes prime minister.

The Labour leader said “it can’t be right” for the country home to be vacant while people in the UK are sleeping rough.

Chequers, a 16th-century manor house in Buckinghamshire, has been the serving prime minister’s country residence since 1921.

Jeremy Corbyn interviewed by Julie Etchingham (Mulitistory Media/ITV)
Jeremy Corbyn interviewed by Julie Etchingham (Mulitistory Media/ITV)

Mr Corbyn, in an ITV interview to be screened on Thursday evening, hinted he will give it up if he wins the general election on 12 December.

Interviewer Julie Etchingham asked him: “John McDonnell [the shadow chancellor] said he wouldn't move into Number 11. He'd allow a homeless family to live there.

“Would you consider giving up Chequers if you were Prime Minister?”

Mr Corbyn responded: “I would indeed. It can't be right.

“We're a country with 150 billionaires, and we've still got people sleeping on the streets.”

Government figures released earlier this year showed there were 4,677 rough sleepers in England.

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Last year, Chequers was the scene of then-PM Theresa May’s infamous Cabinet getaway to agree a Brexit approach.

The result, which became known as the “Chequers plan”, ultimately prompted the resignations of Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson from her government.

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