'Abuse from Corbyn supporters is obnoxious', says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee believes Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith can help "pull the party back again" and has hit out at critics who have called her a Blairite.

Polly Toynbee: supports Smith, decries abuse

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee believes Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith can help "pull the party back again" and has hit out at critics who have called her a Blairite.

"[Jeremy Corbyn's supporters] say we're Blairites, because anyone who's not a Corbynite is a Blairite," she told talkRADIO's Sam Delaney.

"What I get on Twitter, the general abuse I get on the thread under my column is obnoxious.

"I've spent all of my journalistic life writing about low pay, the NHS, social security. 

"[Yet] suddenly I'm thought to be a Tory. Well thank you very much, but that's no way to treat comrades.

"[Jeremy Corbyn] has surrounded himself with the sort of people from whom that [sort of online abuse] is a stock in trade. 

"I think it's just possible that if Owen Smith can win this he can pull the party back again."

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