This is ironic, isn’t it?
Days after more than 40 female Labour MPs – who support Owen Smith – demanded action from Jeremy Corbyn about “an extremely worrying trend of escalating abuse and hostility towards MPs” in which women were disproportionately targeted, Mr Corbyn has had to make his first such intervention – against Mr Smith.
Mr Smith has been forced to apologise after saying he wanted to “smash” Theresa May “back on her heels”, during a major speech to outline his policy ideas.
Arguing that Labour should be going after the prime minister’s policies harder, he had said: “It pained me that we didn’t have the strength and the power and the vitality [he was wrong; Jeremy Corbyn’s response was robust] to smash her back on her heels. These are our values, these are our people, this is our language that they are seeking to steal.”
Here’s Mr Corbyn’s response:
A spokesman for the campaign of the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn said: “We need to be careful of the language we use during this contest as many members, including many female Labour MPs, have said they feel intimidated by aggressive language.”
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