Tories criticised for mocking Jeremy Corbyn’s Grenfell tribute tie

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Conservative MPs have faced criticism after they mocked Jeremy Corbyn's bright green tie during PMQs, which he wore as a tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Labour leader wore the tie following today’s publication of the report into the tragedy, which killed 72 people on June 14, 2017.

Theresa May, who was Prime Minister when the blaze took hold of the west London building, could be seen warning colleagues that the tie was to mark the disaster.

Mr Corbyn's spokesman said: “I think that's fairly contemptible. He was wearing a green tie as a mark of respect for the victims of the Grenfell disaster.

“I think those Tory MPs mocking his tie would be better supporting justice for the families and the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and those who died in similar conflagrations and to deliver safety and protection for people living in tower blocks all over the country.”

Labour MPs also took to social media to condemn the ridicule.

The opposition leader wore the tie during PMQs

Backbencher David Lammy wrote: “Shame on the fools who mocked Jeremy Corbyn for wearing a green tie in solidarity with the 72 Grenfell Tower victims at #PMQs.

“At best it shows unawareness of those whose lives were lost due to cuts, deregulation and the degradation of social housing. At worst it shows contempt.”

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner was also critical, accusing some Tory backbenchers of a "shocking lack of awareness".

Mr Corbyn had been paying tribute to the outgoing Commons Speaker John Bercow when the mocking came.

He was thanking the Speaker for having “reduced some of the strange customs and garments that people wear in this building” – in reference to the sometimes archaic dress code – but some Conservatives interrupted with loud heckles.

Mr Corbyn responded to the jibes with: "I know you're all jealous of my tie but it's OK".

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