Following claims by the Daily Mail that Jeremy Corbyn was spying for the Russians, John le Carré has confirmed that the Labour leader was an inspiration for his novels.

“It was well known in the world of espionage that Ken Livingstone, John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn were all spying for the Russians,” said le Carré.

“Corbyn would meet his agent in the House of Commons; it was a brilliant cover. As a result, I came up with the idea of Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy.”

Former Czechoslovak spy Jan Sarkocy said that he recruited the Labour MPs and that the hard-Left politicians were great sources of information

“Jeremy Corbyn was an asset and Moscow regarded his material as first rate,” confirmed Sarkocy.

“We knew what Margaret Thatcher was having for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

Mr Corbyn was vehement in his denial of the allegations.

“These claims are a ridiculous smear and entirely false,” said the Labour leader.

“We just met for a cup of tea in the House of Commons and discussed cycling holidays in Czechoslovakia.”


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