Ronnie Campbell: Jeremy Corbyn's character 'assassinated' by media

Mr Corbyn held on to his Islington seat

Friday, December 13, 2019

A former Labour MP has accused the media of "assassinating" Jeremy Corbyn's character during the election campaign.

Ronnie Campbell - who held the Blyth Valley seat for more than 30 years - accused the "right-wing" press of orchestrating a smear campaign against the Labour leader.

"One or two people [on the doorstep] were saying they didn’t like Jeremy Corbyn because he was a terrorist, but Jeremy was never a terrorist," Mr Campbell told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"The right-wing media really went to town on him on that and he’s a peace-loving man, always has been. I’ve known him for 32 years, he’s a lovely man but - the establishment certainly - his character was assassinated by them unfortunately."

His comments came as the Labour Party suffered its worst defeat since 1935.

The Blyth Valley seat once held by Mr Campbell will now have a Conservative MP for the first time, and the party also lost seats in Brexit-backing areas across the North, Midlands and Wales.

Mr Campbell - who stood down as an MP ahead of the election - said the party's losses to Conservatives came because of their stance on Brexit.

Mr Corbyn had planned to negotiate another deal with the EU, and present it against an option to Remain in a second referendum.

"The Labour Party didn't listen to the people when we had the referendum and I kept telling them that," Mr Campbell added.

"If you ignore the people when you knock on the door, they will ignore you. That's what happened."

Jeremy Corbyn - who held on to his Islington seat - has said he will not lead Labour into another election.

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