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Claims Corbyn 'too frail' to be PM prompt inquiry.

An official inquiry has been launched into whether senior civil servants said they thought Jeremy Corbyn was "too frail" to be Prime Minister.

Downing Street said the Cabinet Office was investigating a potential breach of the civil service code "fully and fairly" "If we are able to identify an individual responsible we will take disciplinary action," a spokesman said.

Reports in The Times quoted two unnamed civil servants claiming 70-year-old Mr Corbyn is too "frail" to become Prime Minister and suggesting that he has health problems. It drew a furious response from Labour, which denounced the comments as a "scurrilous" attempt to undermine the party's efforts to gain power.

Mr Corbyn has called for a "speedy and thorough" independent investigation into the matter, which he said had "undermined confidence in the principle of civil service neutrality".

Dave Penman, of the First Division Association, which represents senior civil servants said members felt undermined.

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