Home Secretary Sajid Javid has come under fire on Twitter for retweeting a video of Jeremy Corbyn with the words: “A reminder of one of the biggest threat’s [sic] to our national security”.
The original tweet was posted by BrexitTory, an anonymous Twitter account claiming to be a Conservative party member.
It shows a video clip from a 2015 interview Corbyn did with Bahraini TV station LuaLuaTV, in which he says he is opposed to Brits who’ve gone to Syria to fight with Isis being denied return to the UK.
Daniel Hannan, a Conservative MEP and founder of the Initiative for Free Trade (IFT), an economic think tank that has been criticised by Labour ministers who say it pursues a hard-Brexit-supporting agenda, shared the video.
“[There] is an issue about some people going from Britain, allegedly to fight with ISIS in Syria,” Corbyn said in the clip.
“The British government's response has been to try to make it impossible for them to travel, to restrict their ability to travel, to take upon themselves the ability to remove passports and, strangely, to deny people the right of return - which is legally a very questionable decision. I suspect will be fought out in the courts in Britain.”
'Disgraceful misuse of your office'
Corbyn supporters responded to the tweet with anger.
“This is disgraceful misuse of your office and needs reporting to the Parliamentary Standards committee . I would like to remind you that this is the Leader of the opposition. I’m actually shocked . Shame on you,” responded Pat Schan.
“Trolling again Sajid? I think British people being kicked out is one of the biggest threats to our national security,” another said.
Another user referenced the fact that there have been calls for an investigation into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.
“You are absolutely a disgraceful human being,” wrote Nadeem Ahmed.
“I suggest stop using our home office to smear Jeremy Corbyn and do some actual work. By the way, has Theresa May started an inquiry into Islamophobia in her party?”
Corbyn is facing accusations of anti-Semitism after a number of incidents emerged in which he met with people linked to Palestinian terror groups and made remarks about Zionists.
The Muslim Council of Britain has also called for an investigation into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, and the chair of the Conservative Muslim Forum Mohammed Amin has criticised Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg for meeting right-wring provocateur Steve Bannon.
The BrexitTory Twitter account frequently posts criticisms and accusations aimed at Corbyn, and earlier this month posted a tweet insinuating transgender people have a “mental disorder”.
Conservative councillor Dominic Boeck resigned from his role as head of health at West Berkshire council after retweeting it, but remains a councillor.
talkRADIO has contacted the Home Office for comment.