Ashworth damaged Labour’s 2019 general election by bad-mouthing Corbyn to Tory MP in recorded call – and when asked last week about Forde report, his response could hardly have been more dismissive
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth has poured contempt on Labour members asking for the Forde report on alleged sabotage of the 2017 general election campaign.
Ashworth posted a picture on his Facebook page of himself getting ready to go body-boarding on a Devon beach – and predictably, many of the responses to it were critical. But when Patsy Parry asked where the long-delayed Forde report is on sabotage, diversion of campaign funds and abusive conduct by right-wing former staffers, his response was… a ‘yawn emoji’:
After Parry tweeted his anger about Ashworth’s dismissive response – and many Twitter users echoed his outrage – Ashworth appears to have deleted his response, as well as Parry’s comment. In fact, it appears that he blocked Parry from his page altogether. Parry told Skwawkbox:
He took my answer off his page. In fact, I think he’s blocked me from his page altogether, as I can’t react to or post anything on it.
Ashworth’s own record in regard to general election campaigns is hardly pristine. As Labour campaigned in the 2019 election, a recording of him badmouthing Corbyn to a Tory MP was released to the media. Ashworth claimed it was ‘just banter’ and subsequently apologised, but the right-wing media made hay extensively.
Ashworth is married to Emilie Oldknow, one of the main protagonists in the leaked Labour report quoting the WhatsApp messages and emails of right-wing former staffers and accusing them of working against the party’s attempts to win the 2017 general election and diverting vital campaign funds to their own project, as well as of a variety of abusive comments and conduct toward left-wing MPs and others.
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