‘Labour’ MP Jonathan Woodcock is no stranger to finding himself on the wrong side of issues, having rebelled against the Labour whip to vote for the Saudi bombing of Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and for the continued supply of arms to Saudi Arabia for it – not to mention promising his constituents he would never support Jeremy Corbyn as PM, just before becoming almost the only Labour MP to fail to ride the ‘Corbyn surge’.
Today, he joined the unenvied ranks of Labour MPs to attack their own leader in the House of Commons, alongside the ‘thuggish‘ Ian Austin – and in the process made a fool of himself by being completely wrong and got himself stared into embarrassment and told by his colleagues to ‘cross the floor’ and join the Tories.
Watch as Woodcock wilts under the prolonged stare of the excellent Lincoln MP Karen Lee and gets a very clear message from Derby North’s Chris Williamson, before receiving a lesson in dignity from his party leader:
Woodcock’s embarrassment was not yet complete, however – as he had gone out on a limb only to cut it off with an axe of factual incorrectness.
The ever-excellent EL4C Twitter account pulled no punches about the ‘confused Conservative’, to humorous effect:
Jeremy Corbyn politely deals with an unhelpful intervention from John Woodcock, the confused Conservative MP for Barrow and Furness, who has somehow found himself sitting on the Opposition benches. pic.twitter.com/tBaz3imALS
— EL4C (@EL4JC) March 26, 2018
But the ‘ToryFibs’ account drove a stake through the heart of his intervention by immediately pointing out just some of the times Corbyn has spoken out, on the record, against Russia by signing parliamentary condemnations:
Here is a slightly more comprehensive list, thanks to excellent work by sociologist Andrew Bartlett:
Detention of Greenpeace activists
LGBT rights in Russia (again)
Death of Natalya Estemirova
Gay pride protest
Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko
Treatment of a Russian prisoner
Russian presidential elections
Russia’s international obligations
And here, thanks also to Mr Barlett, is a BBC article about a Corbyn-led anti-Russia protest from more than eighteen years ago:
Woodcock disgraced himself, not for the first time. We’ll just leave you with the image of the ‘confused Conservative’ wilting – and hopefully even ‘considering his life-choices’ – under the laser-stare of a Labour MP worthy of the title:
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