Murphy described as ‘like a lioness defending her pride’ when Change UK candidate launched tirade against Corbyn’s comms director
‘Change UK’ (CUK) candidate Nora Mulready has been accused of Islamophobia by outraged Muslim groups and commentators because of a series of tweets, including a comment validating the views of the far-right Tommy Robinson.
She has dismissed the complaints as ‘a smear campaign’. Many of the tweets have been widely known for well over a year and were compared to comments that would be expected from a member of the far-right English Defence League.
Mulready, a former right-wing Labour member, quit the party one day before a hearing into allegations that Mulready had bullied an Asian woman member.
But a lighter tale has also emerged in the form of an account related to the SKWAWKBOX by eyewitnesses.
In 2016, Buzzfeed reported that Mulready complained that Jeremy Corbyn’s chief of staff Karie Murphy had wanted to have her thrown out of a Liverpool hotel during Labour’s 2016 conference after she had ‘a bit of a discussion’ with Corbyn’s communications director Seumas Milne:
Mulready admitted the discussion had been ‘robust’, but claimed that it had finished by the time Murphy intervened:
It ended and I thought no more about it then two minutes later Karie Murphy, Corbyn’s chief of staff, came over and tried to take a picture of my pass so she could identify me and wanted me thrown out of the hotel
But Labour officials said that Mulready had been abusive toward Milne:
A spokesperson for the Labour leadership team confirmed that the incident had happened, but insisted that Mulready had been abusive towards Milne, and stood by Murphy’s actions.
He also said that a complaint about her behaviour had been sent to Iain McNicol, the general secretary of the Labour party.
“She [Mulready] was very angry, very agitated, and was having a massive go at him,” the spokesperson said.Buzzfeed’s 2016 report of the Mulready/Minle incident
Eyewitnesses painted a vivid picture. One told the SKWAWKBOX:
Nora took on Seumas but didn’t see Karie standing round the corner. Karie confronted her and vented at her and she nearly wet herself.
She tried to rally and throw back some insults, but Karie wasn’t having it. Karie’s a sweetie but she was like a lioness defending her pride – and she gave Nora’s mother a few words too when she got involved.
Nora’s not a nice person, but the look on her face when Karie appeared was a picture. It wasn’t a sad day when she left the party.
Karie Murphy hit the headlines two years ago when a newspaper revealed that she had donated a kidney in 2014 to save the life of a seriously ill young north-east boy, whom she did not know. Murphy broke her silence to encourage others to donate and to back the Daily Mirror’s “Change the Law for Life” campaign.
Nora Mulready was asked for comment but did not respond. Karie Murphy was not available for comment.
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