Emily Thornberry has been accused of calling northern Labour Leave voters “stupid” in a row over who was to blame for the party’s election defeat.
Emily Thornberry, who represents a Remain-voting constituency next to Mr Corbyn’s in north London, is alleged to have told a fellow MP in a Leave-voting seat: “I’m glad my constituents aren’t as stupid as yours”.
Labour leadership candidate Emily Thornberry has denied calling voters ‘stupid’, as the party’s post-election inquest descended into infighting.
As the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn begins, Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who is believed to be eyeing the top job, today accused a defeated colleague of a ‘total and utter lie’.
Former minister Caroline Flint, who lost her seat in the former stronghold of Don Valley during Labour’s catastrophic election defeat, claimed Ms Thornberry had told a colleague: ‘I’m glad my constituents aren’t as stupid as yours.’
Ms Thornberry roundly rejected the allegation and is understood to be consulting lawyers over the claim, as the battle to take over from Mr Corbyn got off to an ill-tempered start.
She told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: ‘I don’t believe anybody who has been the architects of our European policy in the last few years is credible to be leader.
I don’t think they can win back these seats.
‘Keir Starmer led us to a policy that did not listen to Labour Leave voices who urged caution, he led us down the path of a second referendum, and I’m afraid Emily Thornberry did as well – she said to one of my colleagues, “I’m glad my constituents aren’t as stupid as yours”.’