Corbyn not to blame for the Mail’s ‘sweatshop’ T-shirt claim

Apparently this image is misleading as the T-shirts were printed in the UK by a reputable company. Perhaps this merely shows the lengths to which the Mail went, in order to attack Jeremy Corbyn. What a shame the claims against him proved to be a fabrication![Image: Suvra Kanti Das].

Apparently this image is misleading as the T-shirts were printed in the UK by a reputable company. Perhaps this merely shows the lengths to which the Mail went, in order to attack Jeremy Corbyn. What a shame the claim against him proved to be a fabrication![Image: Suvra Kanti Das].

It makes a good story – but it seems the Mail on Sunday has been trying to stitch us up with its attempt to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of hypocrisy because T-shirts sold to support his campaign were made in sweatshops.

Here’s why:

Mr Corbyn had nothing to do with the T-shirts.

They were sourced by Corbyn supporter Daniel Ryder for Momentum, the organisation that supports Mr Corbyn’s leadership of Labour – in good faith.

He explains as follows, on his Facebook page:

160725 T-shirts Daniel Ryder

Another day, another deception about Jeremy Corbyn destroyed. What will be tomorrow’s silliness?

T-shirts sold to raise money for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaign are being made by poverty-stricken workers earning just 30p an hour, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The machinists in Bangladesh toil for up to ten hours a day to make the garments, which are believed to have raised thousands of pounds for the Labour leader’s fighting fund.

Corbyn has previously attacked the pay and working conditions faced by clothes labourers in Bangladesh and urged consumers to think twice about buying products made in the impoverished country.

Yet a Mail on Sunday investigation has discovered that Momentum – the Left-wing organisation central to Corbyn’s leadership campaign – has bought hundreds of the T-shirts, some emblazoned with the politician’s name in superhero-style lettering, to sell here for £10 each.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn in T-shirt scandal where poverty-stricken workers fund leadership campaign | Daily Mail Online

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7 thoughts on “Corbyn not to blame for the Mail’s ‘sweatshop’ T-shirt claim

  1. jeffrey davies

    the daily fail hmmm who buys that tory paper but then whot papers true labour ouch

  2. me

    ‘Corbyn not to blame for the Mail’s ‘sweatshop’ T-shirt claim’

    I’ll have you know Corbyn IS TO BLAME for the Mail’s ‘sweatshop’ T-shirt claim!

    He is also the blame/cause of Global warming; earthquakes, tsunamis,
    world hunger, slavery, neoliberalism, capitalism, the nuclear arms race, the cold war,
    Tory greed, and every political scandal and war since his birth!

    He wasn’t born on the 6/6/66 was he?

  3. NMac

    Nothing unusually unethical about the shirts at all and Daniel seems a very decent person, but I don’t suppose for one minute that the Mail on Sunday/Daily Mail will print the real story on their front, or any other page. They would rather perpetuate the lie.

  4. dogpower

    Another load of lies pumped out by the tory press there should be a law against this witch hunt its sick

  5. mohandeer

    I don’t know why JC is even having to respond to this trash. Nearly everyone who is wearing fashion garments is in fact, perpetuating the abuse of children and women of poverty stricken countries in the sub continents of Asia and Eurasia. The children earn 9 to 15 rupees per day working long hours only for their efforts to be resold in High street retailers at exorbitant prices given how much they actually cost to make. All those clever people in their polycotton shirts and ties at the offices of the Daily Fail and the Fail on Sunday are ALL guilty of profiting at the expense of women and children of India, China, Taiwan, Korea etc. The clearing houses don’t advertise “this garment was made by a child as young as eight years old for less than the cost of a packet of Walkers crisps”. People in glass houses, shouldn’t throw stones. The rich nations across the EU and US have all gotten rich precisely because the welfare of the poor in emerging economies has never been a consideration. Each and every Briton is benefiting from the poorest in the world, whether it is food, clothes or household appliances, War on Want can testify to that. Those who shout the loudest really ought to take care where they point their fingers because it is likely they are part of the problem also.

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