The BBC is ‘evil’ and will take every opportunity it can to to prevent Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister, the Labour leader’s brother has said.
In an astonishing outburst, Piers Corbyn accused the corporation of a series of cover-ups to protect the Establishment - that included making attacks on his brother - but insisted Labour could still win a "reasonabl"’ majority.
Mr Corbyn, 70, who is two years older than his brother, also claimed the pollsters were getting it wrong by failing to detect "shy Corbynistas".
Mr Corbyn, who will embark on the Labour campaign trail, told The Telegraph: “The BBC is evil and they will carry on being evil. At every opportunity they criticise him [Jeremy].
“Why? The BBC have never been so biased against any party leader as now. That is because Jeremy stands for something different.
“Jeremy Corbyn stands against the globalist elitist Establishment and the BBC has been in the past and in the present [part of that].
“If you look at Orgreave [the infamous battle between police and miners] and Hillsborough, they [the BBC] have been involved in cover-ups.
“Look at paedophilia and the cover-up of Jimmy Savile.”
A BBC spokesman told the Telegraph: “As everyone knows we are an independent and impartial broadcaster.”
Mr Corbyn, an astrophysicist who runs a weather forecasting business, said his little brother would use social media and "alternative" news outlets to get his message across and win over voters - just as Donald Trump did in the US election. Piers Corbyn backed Mr Trump during the US presidential race in a series of tweets.
“The alternative media will help Jeremy. That happened with Donald Trump,” said Mr Corbyn.
He said the polling was failing to capture support for Labour. The party currently trails Theresa May’s Conservatives by about 20 points amid predictions Labour will lose dozens of seats.
Mr Corbyn said: “I think Jeremy can get a reasonable majority. The general election is all that counts. The polls are biased. There are shy Corbynistas. The polls are absolutely under-representing him. I correctly forecast Trump’s victory months ahead and that Brexit would happen and people didn’t believe me.”
Mr Corbyn said he last spoke to his more famous brother a "few days ago" prior to Mrs May’s announcement of a ‘snap’ election but has since sent him text messages of support.
He has not had a reply but added: “I don’t expect him to come back to me before he has sorted himself.”
Mr Corbyn said he would be campaigning for Labour and said that in 1998 he was invited to Downing Street by Tony Blair among a group “of the best organisers in the country” within Labour’s ranks.
Mr Corbyn, an ardent Brexiteer, also applauded Ken Livingstone’s ability to win votes for Labour. Mr Livingstone is currently suspended from the Labour Party for bringing it into disrepute over a deeply upsetting radio interview in which he said Adolf Hitler “was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews”.
Mr Corbyn said: “In the past Ken Livingstone has provided magnificent leadership. As of now it is not for me to comment on what Labour is doing internally for whatever reason, however bizarre.”