The Conservative Party has come under fire after it published an advert depicting Jeremy Corbyn as a chicken in what has been labelled “silly playground behaviour”.
The ad is a continuation of a Boris Johnson jibe at the Labour leader – the Prime Minister branded his opponent a “gigantic chlorinated chicken” for refusing a general election.
The doctored image shows Mr Corbyn wearing a yellow feathered chicken suit with a spoof logo in the corner reading “JFC: totally spineless chicken," referencing fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
The caption addressed the chain's UK and Ireland Twitter account, saying “Hey @KFC_UKI, we’ve found an even bigger chicken than you”.
The Conservatives also sent lobby journalists takeaway bags of “JFC” chicken along with a press release entitled Fowl Play that read: "Move over Colonel. Jeremy Corbyn's the new biggest chicken in town".
The press release claims Mr Corbyn is 'running scared' from a general election
But many MPs were not impressed.
Former Tory Alistair Burt, who had the Conservative whip removed for voting against the government this week, said in a tweet: “Please stop this stuff. We are better than this.”
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott accused the Tories of “distracting from their chaotic leadership and lack of mandate with bad policies and even worse jokes”.
However, Tory chairman James Cleverly championed the advert and shared it on Twitter with the caption: "Thinking about what to have for lunch.
“Large bucket of boneless (certainly spineless) JFC (Jeremy's Frightened & Chicken) perhaps."
Former party co-chair, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, responded to Mr Cleverly.
She tweeted: "This James is silly playground behaviour. We are in the middle of a national crisis and this is our response. How can grown men reduce themselves to this level of silliness. What has become of this great party of ours."