OUTGOING Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made desperate attempts to freeze out Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the political opponents made their way to the House of Lords for the Queen’s speech, a body language expert has said.
Body language expert Judi James dubbed the actions of Mr Corbyn “toe-curling” as he made no attempt to interact with naturally chatty Mr Johnson while they entered the House today for the historic speech by Queen Elizabeth II. Ms James told the Mirror Online: “Having failed to get Boris voted out of office, Corbyn clearly decided to freeze the PM out socially today in a toe-curling cutting of Johnson as the pair walked in together to attend the Queen’s speech. “Behind the two leaders there was almost a party atmosphere, with Emily Thornberry jostling and attempting to elbow her way in front of Ian Blackford, chortling as she did so and creating a mock scuffle that made MP behind them laugh too.
“Sajid Javid and John McDonnell grinned and chatted like old friends but the Xmas party vibe behind him only made Corbyn’s straight-ahead stony stare as his arms hung awkwardly at his sides look even more embarrassing.
“Corbyn sat on his bench looking tense and rather scared as he waited for Boris to move and he even part-rose once before sitting back when the PM kept his seat.
“His anxious-looking bounce up as Boris finally approached him looking chatty and friendly meant he got just ahead of the PM, setting a very speedy pace as he marched out that let to other MPs behind having to break into a trot.
“As Boris chatted Corbyn refused to even look at him and on the way back after the speech it was Boris walking ahead alone while Corbyn walked alongside Diane Abbott.”
Images show Mr Johnson attempting to start a conversation with Mr Corbyn who appears to turn away in protest.
Pictures of Sajid Javid and Labour shadow Chancellor John McDonnell show the pair chatting and even laughing about what appears to be a private joke, despite their obvious differences.
Ms James also gave an insight into the Queen’s body language.
She hinted the Queen, 93, could have a cold.
She said: “Without her formal jewels and crown and with her facial expression eclipsed by the brim of her hat the Queen played it slightly straighter than she did at the last speech, when she must have known the policies she was reading out were not underpinned by a secure government.
“There were no rather baleful glances around the house, just a raised head and a part smile at the end before she returned to her holiday.”
Ms James added: “Her voice did sound slightly tired and there was a small occasional sniff that could have hinted at the trace of a cold.
“Charles looked faintly bored beside her, with steepled puckered brows and his eyes cast down to the floor.
“He even appeared to be touching his watch towards the end as though anxious to get away.”
It comes as Mr Johnson savaged the SNP after they interrupted him during his speech on how he set out to help commuters by telling them that “even Sturgeon said it herself” when they slapped down his declaration the Scottish independence referendum was a once in a lifetime vote.
Mr Johnson rattled off a list of “ambitious” new policies an hour after the Queen’s Speech, with the Prime Minister calling his plan “a blueprint for the future of Britain”. He called his epic 10-year plan “the dawn of a new age”.
Mr Johnson issued a scathing assault on Mr Corbyn, batting off his barbs while promoting laughs from the benches, before moving onto the SNP.
He did manage to get one chuckle out of Mr Corbyn however.
This came when he poked fun of the time Mr Corbyn tuned in to the Queen’s speech on TV every Christmas.
This was an attempt to mock him over his disaster ITV interview with Julie Etchingham who had to remind him the speech was in the morning – not the afternoon, as he had said when he attempted to answer her question as to if he watched it.