Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth caught revealing Corbyn security fears

Labour's Jonathan Ashworth caught revealing Corbyn security fears
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Jonathan Ashworth has been caught out this morning after a leaked tape emerged of the shadow health secretary talking about his fears for Britain's national security if Jeremy Corbyn becomes PM. Ashworth said the civil service would need to 'pretty quickly move to safeguard security' if Labour wins on Thursday. Ashworth also gave his verdict on...

...Labour's election campaign:

'It’s dire'

...What voters make of Jeremy Corbyn:

'...they can’t stand Corbyn and they think Labour’s blocked Brexit'


...and where the Labour party went wrong:

'...we fucked it up in 2016 when we went too early. People like me were internally saying ‘this isn’t the right moment’ but I got kind of ignored. But I don’t think we’re going to get there; In Mansfield, in Ashfield, it’s dire for the Labour Party up there...'

Ashworth did his best to get his excuses in early following the story on Guido Fawkes. When he popped up on the Victoria Derbyshire show just now, he insisted he has just been 'joshing' with a mate in a bit of 'banter':

Derbyshire: 'Was this banter: you also said the party f-ed it up when they chose Corbyn..


Ashworth: 'We're having banter with each other'

Ashworth subsequently admitted that the recording made him look like a bit of a 'plonker'. Mr S thinks Ashworth isn't wrong...

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