Labour’s Emily Thornberry has contacted solicitors after she was accused of calling Leave voters “stupid” by former MP Caroline Flint.
Ms Thornberry, who is said to be considering running to become the next Labour leader, accused Ms Flint of spreading the “most extraordinary lies” during an interview over the weekend.
Ms Flint had accused the shadow foreign secretary of telling a colleague: “I’m glad my constituents aren’t as stupid as yours” following the Brexit referendum result in 2016.
She told Sky News the comments were “not acceptable” as she discussed Labour’s largest general election defeat since 1935.
Ms Flint lost her Don Valley seat after serving as an MP for 22 years.
Ms Thornberry said that she gave Ms Flint “until the end of the day” to retract the accusation, but since she refused to do so, she has now approached her solicitors.
The Islington South and Finsbury MP said “One of my former colleagues came out and said the most extraordinary lies about me.
“I’ve contacted her and I've said to her, ‘Please withdraw, I will give you until the end of the day’ and she hasn’t.
“So I've had to go to solicitors. I mean, people can slag me off - so long as it is true, I'll take it on the chin.
“But they can't make up s*** about me and, if they do, I have to take it to the courts.”
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