JEREMY Corbyn will go on a 6,000-mile round trip to Africa next week — when he is supposed to be building cross-party support to get into No 10.
The Labour leader is arranging a four-day fact-finding tour of Ghana.
But at the same time he is trying to win backing to become a caretaker Prime Minister and block a No Deal Brexit.
One Labour MP said: “It would help matters if the party leader wasn’t going abroad at such a time but what would help most is if he wasn’t Labour leader.”
“People in his own party don’t trust him so what chance is there of people in other parties backing him.”
It is unclear what Mr Corbyn will learn on the trip.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo is struggling to contain corruption.
After he took power in 2016 his office tried to track down 200 missing cars but could find only about half of them. He now uses a ten-year-old BMW.
Despite some sectors of the economy growing, inflation is more than nine per cent, compared with 2.1 per cent in the UK.
Ghana’s ex-High Commissioner to the UK Victor Smith accused President Akufo-Addo of failing the population.
He said: “All Ghanaians have seen so far is lip service in the fight against corruption.”
Mr Smith claimed the prosecutor’s office was starved of funds and personnel.
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JEREMY Corbyn says he plans to wrench the keys to 10 Downing Street from Boris Johnson.
So how is he preparing for this momentous role at a time of political crisis?
By jetting 3,000 miles for a fact-finding mission in Ghana.
The West African nation has a terrible history of poverty and corruption.
When President Nana Akufo-Addo took office in 2017, he found his presidential motorcade was missing 200 cars, including 13 Mercedes, four BMWs and 122 Toyota Land Cruisers.
The timing of Mr Corbyn’s junket has left even his own backbenchers open-mouthed in astonishment.
The Labour leader’s grandiose plans to head a “unity” government to block a No Deal Brexit were already laughable.
But his disappearing act is beyond parody.
He added: “The true test of fighting corruption is holding your own accountable when they go wrong. So far, the President has failed this test.”
Labour, believed to be funding the trip, said meetings were planned with the leaders of Ghana’s National Democratic Congress, led by John Mahama.
There are also plans for him to see socialist leader Edmund Delle.
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