Mr Corbyn was savaged as a sexist dinosaur after he mouthed the words “stupid woman” following a parliamentary run-in with Prime Minster Theresa May. The Labour leader has claimed he said “stupid people” – but professional lip-readers and voters watching the clip online have drawn their own conclusions. Now Labour insiders have circulated the idea that MP Laura Pidcock, 31, will be rewarded for her loyalty by Mr Corbyn. She called the Conservative Party “pathetic” before appearing on TV and firing off angry Tweets hailing Mr Corbyn a saint and dismissing the spat as an attempt to “divert attention from the Government’s shambolic rule”.
Ms Pidcock was showered with praise by her fellow Corbynistas for being so outspoken in her defending of him in comparison to other Labour MPs such as Stella Creasey who chastised him.
A senior Labour source told the Daily Mail she has now been hotly tipped as Mr Corbyn’s successor.
The source said: “Jeremy won’t forget Laura’s loyalty.
“He thinks she’d make a great leader.”
But cycnics on social media dismissed the notion as a gimmick and an attempt to claw back some equal opportunities credibility for Mr Corbyn and the party.
Ms Piddock is a member of the hard-left Momentum group, which propelled Mr Corbyn to his Labour leadership.
She has a hostile view towards those who vote for the Tory Party, and once said she would never be friends with a Conservative, adding the party was “the enemy”.
She said: “It’s visceral – I’m not interested in being cosy.
“The idea that they’re not the enemy is simply delusional.”
This was later reiterated when she said she would never “fraternise” with a Tory.
Even before the Commons row earlier in the week, many Labour MPs said their next leader should be a female.
The Labour Party considers itself a party for feminism, despite never having a woman as a leader compared to the Conservative Party which is currently on its second female leader.
A Corbyn ally said the party has to elect a female leader to avoid being a “laughing stock”.
The ally said: “We have had 23 male leaders and if Jeremy goes and we elect a 24th man, we will be a laughing stock. It will have to be a woman.”
Earlier this week, Mr Corbyn claimed he said the words “stupid people” and not “stupid woman” during a particularly heated debate in the House of Commons.
Crucial talks on Brexit were shelved while Speaker John Bercow death with the allegations, which sensationally saw Andrea Leadsom call out Mr Bercow over claims he had called her a “stupid woman”.