- Senior mandarins discussed the Labour leader’s future at an event this month
- One top civil servant went as far as to say Mr Corbyn is not firing ‘on all cylinders’
- Also concerns about ‘toxic atmosphere’ in party, with leader losing his control
- Mr Corbyn had a ‘mini-stroke’ two to three months ago, according to an advisor
- Labour Party spokesman said My Corbyn is in good health and leads active life
Top civil servants fear Jeremy Corbyn could be too frail to become prime minister, it was claimed last night.
Mandarins discussed the Labour leader’s future at an event this month as rumours mount that he is ‘losing his memory’, where one went as far to say that the 70-year-old was ‘not firing on all cylinders’.
They are increasingly worried about the prospect of Mr Corbyn, who became Labour leader in September 2015, becoming prime minister because he is ‘propped up’ by his advisers, according to the reports.
One senior civil servant told The Times: ‘When does someone say [he] is too ill to carry on as leader of the Labour Party let alone prime minister?… He is not functioning on all cylinders.’
Another said: ‘There is a real worry that the Labour leader isn’t up to the job physically or mentally but is being propped up by those around him.
‘There’s growing concern that he’s too frail and is losing his memory. He’s not in charge of his own party.’
Another well-connected adviser said: ‘We have heard he has had a mini stroke about two to three months ago.’
It also emerged in March that Mr Corbyn was being treated at Moorfields eye hospital in London for ongoing ‘muscle weakness’ in his right eye.
He was using corrective glasses – which he is often seen wearing – as part of the treatment, a Labour Party spokesman said at the time.
The recent health claims come as insiders report a ‘toxic atmosphere’ in Labour – with at least eight former members of staff signing gagging orders forbidding them from discussing their experiences of working for the party.
Several sources complained about the behaviour of Karie Murphy, Mr Corbyn’s chief of staff.
One visitor to Mr Corbyn’s office described being ‘jabbed in the chest’ by her, while an official who had fallen out of favour returned to find their desk had been moved.
It was even claimed the office was like Soviet Russia, with advisers wanting to ‘purge non-believers’.
Others described concerns the party was being controlled by the likes of Ms Murphy, shadow chancellor John McDonnell and Mr Corbyn’s spin doctor Seamus Milne rather than the leader himself.
The decision to expel Alistair Campbell for voting Lib Dem was taken without his approval, according to one of his friends.
A Labour Party spokesman said My Corbyn is in good health and leads an active life, including regular cycling and running up to 4 miles.
The spokesman also said the suggestion Mr Corbyn was not the man in charge was laughable and ‘demonstrably false’.
Yesterday, Mr Corbyn raised eyebrows when he shut his wife in the porch of his north London home in a rush to avoid the photographers outside.