Jeremy Corbyn used his first speech as Labour leader to finally tell a joke

Jeremy Corbyn, the new Labour leader and famously sincere candidate, has finally told a joke - in his acceptance speech.

Last week we asked Corbyn to tell us a joke, which he refused to do:

I believe there’s an entire Twitter account dedicated to telling jokes on my behalf, @corbynjokes I’m told, though I can’t guarantee its quality. But if you want a good laugh, read my good friend Mark Steel’s columns.

However, in his acceptance speech, the Islington North MP has finally spoken in jest. He suggested that the four Labour leadership candidates - Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and himself - would reform in the future:

We have been together since this election started - we will discuss that later and exchange diaries.

It has been a fascinating experience for all of us and I want to thank them for the way the debates were conducted, the way that we were able to put forward political debate and political differences and still come out of the end of it with a group hug.

We are going to reform ourselves as an Abba tribute band and continue this work in the future.

The joke has actually been made before by his opponent Yvette Cooper, who said in August that the leadership contest had turned into an Abba tribute band, featuring:

The dark one, the blonde one, the bearded one and the other one.

Time for the "back to the 70s" joke comparisons about his policies too, we assume.

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