Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to investigate the rising cost of Freddos.
The Labour leader was asked in a new interview about the inflation in the price of the Cadbury-made chocolate, which used to retail for around 10p. Last year, the price of one Freddo was expected to rise to 30p in most shops.
Corbyn was asked about Freddos by Copa 90 presenter David ‘Vuj’ Vujanic, with the latter asking the politician on behalf of one viewer if there was “a secret Freddo tax we don’t know about?”
“I think there is a very obvious motive: those that make Freddos know it’s popular, so they’re making a bit more money,” Corbyn replied, before adding: “I think we need to examine this question in some detail and see if there is excessive profit-making by those who make Freddos – then they’ve got us to answer to.”
Watch the full Copa 90 interview with Corbyn and Vuj below.
Looking back on last year’s General Election, Corbyn also rejected the notion that the “youthquake” impact of the young vote on the outcome of the election was “a myth”.
“It wasn’t a myth. It’s the commentariat hitting back,” he remarkedstated. “When we were first elected for the leadership of the party in 2015, the commentariat were saying: ‘It’s impossible, you can’t do it.’ Then we produced a manifesto which was transforming. It was about investing in people, ending austerity, taxing the very rich more in order to pay for health and education and infrastructure and development. They said: ‘Impossible, nobody’s ever going to pay for that.’ And then in the election campaign we got the highest vote for Labour for nearly 20 years. And since then, they’ve been saying: ‘Well, it wasn’t really a youthquake at all.’
“Well, it was a lot of people coming together, young and old and so on,” Corbyn continued. “A lot of young people registered to vote for the first time. We cannot go on saying to young people: ‘If you want to get an education, get into debt; if you want to get anywhere to live, get into debt; if you want a pension, get into debt.’ Sorry, we as a society, should be investing in our young people. Yes, it means taxing at the top and I’m prepared to do that.”