Jeremy Corbyn shows "a lot of potential" as an artist, an art expert reckons.

On a tour of the Kirkgate community centre, the Labour leader dropped in on an over-50s art class being taken by Chris Ellerton and promptly grabbed a brush.

Mr Corbyn, who told the T&A he paints in his spare time but is more used to abstract works, proceeded to create an atmospheric landscape in oils under the guidance of Mr Ellerton.

Mr Ellerton said: "He's already done a bit of painting, but nothing like this. He was a good student - I just left him to do his thing and jumped in when he needed it."

The assembled media looked on as it became increasingly clear that Mr Corbyn - "Call me Jezza," he told Mr Ellerton - was in this for the long haul. 30 minutes later the painting - which the Leader of the Opposition titled 'Mount Chrisjez' - was finished.

Here it is in all its glory:

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Mount Chrisjez, by Jeremy Corbyn with Chris Ellerton

Consensus in our office is that it's not a bad effort in such a tight timeframe. But never mind what we think - what about the experts?

We showed the picture to Carole Griffiths, lecturer in art and design at Bradford School of Art - which counts David Hockney among its alumni.

She said: "There is a good use of colour. His mark-making is handled well in some areas, particularly the trees in the background.

"It has a lot of depth where the mountains are situated. The sun setting behind the rock formations really brings those out. He has captured reflection and shadow in the water with his brush marks which is good. There is an eclectic range of colours in there and a good use of tone and shade.

"There seems a Japanese influence. It has that 'free' Japanese style of painting - it is loose, not tight.

"There is also a prehistoric feel about the painting which leaves me asking myself where is the dinosaur?

"In general the painting shows a lot of potential for further development."

So could Jeremy Corbyn be missing out on his true calling? 

Carole said: "I would definitely, on this evidence, accept Mr Corbyn onto the BA (Hons) Visual Arts degree at Bradford School of Art which would stretch his painting techniques further and allow him to explore all ranges of art practises."

For now, the painting will remain at the Kirkgate Centre - although Mr Ellerton confided that if the right offer came in, they could be persuaded to sell with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the centre.