As the SKWAWKBOX published earlier, Labour MP John Mann launched an extraordinary attack on Labour member Phil Speakman, who had challenged his political record, by claiming that Speakman had claimed the illness of Mann’s grandson was ‘karma’:
Tory Mail finger-painter Dan Hodges joined in, maintaining his astonishing streak of being wrong about everything:
Speakman denied this and the evidence of the tweets themselves appears to support his denial. Nonetheless, Mann not only complained to the party – and sent the SKWAWKBOX a threatening email for sending a press enquiry about it – but was also quoted in Murdoch rag the S*n.
Now Phil Speakman has spoken exclusively to the SKWAWKBOX about his experience of the row in a searing set of comments and allegations against the MP who publicly vilified him.
On Mann and his accusations
Misrepresenting me in this way by claiming that I wished sickness on his grandson is frankly sick. I was referring to his responsibility for helping to re-elect a Tory government that underfunded the ambulance service so badly.
I wish I had taken a screenshot of the second tweet. I know he has it – and saying he doesn’t while deliberately releasing my identity may have put my family in danger from many of the extremist right wing neo-fascists who inhabit Mann’s timeline.
He regularly tweets provocative dog-whistle messages in order for his pet menagerie of fascists to be goaded into attacking Corbyn.
I think deliberately twisting someone’s words in order to exploit them to damage Corbyn, smearing me in the process is pretty sick. I wished his Grandson well and I still do. But I have no respect for John Mann.
On attempted intimidation
After two and a half years working in Afghanistan, I’m not going to run from a cowardly opportunist who will spin & lie in order to smear & gain political gain. won’t run from a coward like Mann. He’s in no position to scare me.
On deleting his tweets
The only reason I deleted the tweets was because he had deliberately twisted the meaning of the first one and I was already getting hate messages from his fascist followers. I now wish I hadn’t as I’d have more proof that he’s misleading. But we live & learn.
To those who’ve defended Speakman on Twitter
I would like to thank so many hundreds of Twitter activists who have seen through his smear and have been so generous in their support for me & their condemnation for Mann’s sewer level politics. All so he could try & smear Corbyn. Mann is a disgrace to the party.
Speakman was not the only one to make similar allegations. As the details of his actual comments spread, even those who had attacked him previously apologised and turned their fire on his accuser:
The SKWAWKBOX contacted John Mann for comment:
Mr Mann,Mr Speakman has just sent extensive comment for publication, in which he accuses you of lying about his second tweet. He also describes you as a coward and a ‘disgrace to the party’ who is indulging in ‘sewer politics’ and has endangered him and his family by publishing his details to your ‘extremist right-wing neo-fascist’ followers.I’ll be publishing his comments in full and of course your own response if you wish to put one on the record.If you do, please let me have details by return.
Mann responded, essentially doubling down on his earlier comments and still insisting, in spite of everything, that the ‘karma’ comment was aimed at a sick toddler:
I have seen no second tweet, though he is prolific, but I have seen his two tweets saying his use of karma was not appropriate. He seems to have changed his story significantly after being prompted by others.
Speakman chose to comment on my NHS campaign message in a brutal and nasty personalised way. His use of karma to describe a medical emergency for a toddler is the nastiest communication possible.
He now tries to deflect into making himself the victim.
Such people will be called out and deserve to be.
Where relevant criminal justice or civil legal action will be pursued and is being in other cases.
Speakman is not an extremist neo-fascist as far as I am aware and he should not describe himself or others in this way. He is of course a twitter follower, hence his crude and nasty response.
Any decent person would have deleted the tweet and apologised.
It sums up the state of the Labour Party currently that a former councillor feels his response is in any way appropriate to a message about the ambulance service and the NHS and its treatment of a small child.
Your activity over this demonstrates that you are part of the problem.
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