There is outrage in many political and charitable quarters today after rumours emerged that senior members of the Labour Party have been selling Remembrance Day poppies and memorabilia to supplement their parliamentary incomes.
The senior party members include Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn who are believed to have been selling their own ‘own brand’ knock off poppies around the Houses of Parliament for decades and pocketing the donations.
A spokesman for The Royal British Legion said;
“The Royal British Legion does not authorise the use of the red poppy for political or partisan use. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope, which is a trademark of The Royal British Legion used for supporting our Armed Forces community. We ask consumers to make sure the products they purchase are official poppy merchandise supplied through our licensed partners or www.poppyshop.org.uk.”
Over the years Mr Corbyn is believed to have used donations from unwitting MP’s who have bought counterfeit poppies to pay for holidays to Tenerife and to cover the cost of legal fees.
Mr Corbyn was unavailable for comment but a spokesman for his office said;
“Are you sure? It doesn’t sound like Jeremy. Maybe Keith Vaz, he was selling knock of passports to Saudis a few years back.”
At The Rochdale Herald we ask that you make sure that the poppies you buy are from licenced vendors. Do not buy your poppy merchandise online from anybody other than The Royal British Legion.