Julia Hartley-Brewer had a passionate debate with shadow minister Dawn Butler on her show this morning, asking how she can condemn Toby Young yet support Jeremy Corbyn despite his professed support for groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
Young, a journalist and free school founder, has been appointed to the Office for Students, an appointment which has caused an outcry among Corbynistas, with much of the outrage centring on a string of sexist tweets he sent in the past.
Butler, the MP for Brent Central, said she had three main concerns around Young's appointment: the process of the appointment, specifically whether it was properly administered; his suitability for the role; and whether it is down to merit or privilege.
However she added that "I didn't know about him before he got this position", and admitted "I don't know too much about the free schools" - a comment which drew incredulity from Julia.
Julia herself said the tweets were "obscene" and she'd have slapped Young were he her husband. However, she added, the most recent offensive tweet was sent back in 2012 and there are other points to consider regarding Young's appointment.
She continued by asking Butler why she condemns Young when "you're quite happy to sit in the House of Commons on the benches, alongside the likes of Naz Shah, sending out absolutely outrageous anti-semitic tweets.
"You've also supported Jeremy Corbyn, who's quite happy to share platforms with the likes of Hamas, the IRA, to support the Iranian regime, to support the Russian government. It does seem to be to be somewhat two-faced."
Butler added that, if any of her concerns regarding Young are not addressed, "we have an issue, we have a problem and it needs to be sorted."
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