Hundreds of cheering people may have flocked to Beaumont Park today to snatch a glimpse of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn but there was one very conspicuous absentee – Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman.

It’s no secret that the two men are poles apart politically. Mr Sheerman, 76, who backed a motion of no confidence in the Labour leader last year, said he was campaigning in his own constituency while Mr Corbyn was in the neighbouring Colne Valley constituency.

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Mr Sheerman backed Labour leadership challenger and centrist Owen Smith last year over the significantly more left-wing Mr Corbyn.

A tight-lipped Mr Sheerman said of Mr Corbyn’s visit: “He was not in my constituency. I have been campaigning all day and my job is to carry on campaigning. I’m delighted that it has been a well-attended event.”

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Mr Sheerman, originally from Middlesex, entered Parliament as long ago as 1979 – the same year a certain Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister.

Back in June 2016 Mr Sheerman refused to rule himself out from standing as a ‘stalking horse’ in a leadership battle to oust Mr Corbyn. And one of his daughters works for ultra-Blairite David Miliband.