Right-wing ‘thug’, who also allegedly ‘doxxed’ Laura Murray and shouted in Jeremy Corbyn’s face, and right-wing rag backtrack on foul libel but it’s accessible only to paying subscribers – but you can read it here
Ian Austin, the ‘thuggish‘ and ‘unpleasant bully‘ made a peer by Boris Johnson after his smears against Labour helped the Tories win the 2019 general election, has been forced to apologise publicly to former Jeremy Corbyn aide Laura Murray for smearing her as antisemitic.
However, rather than tweet his apology in full, Austin linked to an article published in the Telegraph‘s corrections section – which is behind a paywall and costs a fee to view for those who are not already subscribers.
Happily, Ms Murray posted the wording on her social media and it is quoted in full below, so that readers need not miss out on the spectacle of one of the least likable right-wingers (and that’s a crowded field) eating crow:
In an article “Rachel Riley deserves every bit of compensation for the hard-Left abuse she’s endured” (23 December 2021) written by Ian Austin, we suggested that Laura Murray, a former staff member at the Labour Party, was an “anti-Jewish racist” and part of the “vile anti-Semitism of Corbyn’s Labour” who had been stood up to by Rachel Riley during a recent court case. These allegations were and are untrue. We accept that there was and is no basis to suggest that Ms Murray is anti-semitic. On the contrary, the court heard in unchallenged evidence that Ms Murray devoted significant time and energy to confronting and challenging antisemitism within the Labour Party whilst she was employed there.
Austin’s humiliation must taste all the sweeter given that in a 2019 tweet when Austin quit Labour and that remains online, Murray accused him of ‘doxxing’ her in 2017 and of ‘physically squaring up to’ Jeremy Corbyn and ‘spewing verbal abuse at him’:
Austin has been accused of similar behaviour before, when Labour MP Ian Lavery lodged a formal complaint against him with the party. According to another Labour MP, Austin escaped injury only because the tough former miner held his temper.
Austin was also widely criticised for his abuse toward Jewish author Michael Rosen when Rosen was a guest of Parliament and Austin took exception to a fact that Rosen had pointed out. Rosen described the tirade as a ‘full frontal assault’.
And Austin was described as ‘pathetic and thuggish’ by MP Gavin Newlands for a further verbal assault against Jeremy Corbyn after Corbyn dared to dissect Tony Blair’s behaviour in the House of Commons.
Skwawkbox would have contacted Ian Austin for comment, but he demanded last year that no further attempt be made to contact him after Skwawkbox invited him for comment about his tweet mocking the unemployed in order to attack world-famous film director Ken Loach.
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