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Leader 'will join Privy Council'.

JEREMY Corbyn will be joining the Privy Council, a spokesman for the new Labour leader confirmed.

Mr Corbyn - a lifelong republican - had the chance to attend a meeting of the ceremonial body which formally advises the Queen. but declined, citing "prior engagements". A spokesman refused to give details of the events, saying only that they were "private", but sources close to Mr Corbyn insisted it was not intended as a snub.

And his decision was later played down the decision, saying: "Although Jeremy was unavailable for today's meeting, he has confirmed he will be joining the Privy Council," the spokesman said . "As the Prime Minister and others did, it is far from unusual to miss the first meeting due to other commitments."

Mr Cameron was made a privy counsellor shortly after becoming Conservative leader in December 2005, but was not sworn in for another three months.

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Date:Oct 9, 2015
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