Owen Smith 'should have used better words' in attack on PM Theresa May

Labour MP Jenny Chapman has said party leadership candidate Owen Smith should have been mindful of the "toxic atmosphere around politics … and used better words" in his pitch to head the party.

Owen Smith: poor choice of words

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Labour MP Jenny Chapman has said party leadership candidate Owen Smith should have been mindful of the "toxic atmosphere around politics … and used better words" in his pitch to head the party. 

Among his campaign promises, Jeremy Corbyn's rival promised a tax on the rich and said he would ban zero-hours contracts. 

But Smith has come under fire and was forced to apologise after saying he wanted to "smash" prime minister Theresa May "back on her heels" during a speech yesterday. 

Chapman, the MP for Darlington and a supporter of Smith, explained that the MP for Pontypridd was trying to make a key point – but had chosen the wrong words to do it.

"I think he should have used better words," Chapman told Jonny Gould and Ash.

"There is such a toxic atmosphere around politics at the moment, and we're all trying to be extra mindful of how we express ourselves.

"I have heard other people say [something similar], but that doesn't mean it was an appropriate phrase to use in that context. 

"He should have been more careful, but I think Owen recognises this.

"The point he's trying to make is that he will take the case to the Tories in a more forceful way than the Labour Party has done in the past few months."

Listen to the full interview above

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