Julia Hartley-Brewer asks Jeremy Corbyn ally: 'How can you justify appearing on RT?'

Chris Williamson said there was no difference between RT and the BBC

Chris Williamson mounted a staunch defence of Russia Today on Julia's show

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

One of Jeremy Corbyn's top allies has said it's perfectly fine for him and other politicians to appear on Russia Today - adding that it's no different to the BBC.

Chris Williamson, the MP for Derby North, appeared on talkRADIO as the fall-out from the alleged poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal continued.

Julia asked Williamson, previously the shadow fire minister, how he, Corbyn and others can justify appearing on RT giving it's "a station that is run by a murderous, fairly despotic foreign government."

Williamson responded: "It's like saying that you shouldn't appear on the BBC because it invaded Iraq, because of some of the abuses [it committed].

"Why is it any more of a propaganda arm than the BBC or talkRADIO?"

The interviewee also pointed out that several Tory MPs have appeared on RT and criticism from the likes of Boris Johnson and Tom Tugendhat is "absurd."

Julia said she had turned down the chance to appear on RT and said it should not be allowed to broadcast in the UK.

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