Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner REFUSES to apologise for branding top Tories ‘homophobic, racist, misogynistic, scum’ saying she was using ‘street language’… but insists she was NOT referring to millions of people who voted for the party
- Angela Rayner reportedly launched an outspoken attack on the Conservatives
- MP described the Tories as ‘a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, misogynistic’
- Government minister Amanda Milling called the Labour MP’s remarks ‘shocking’
Angela Rayner today flatly refused to apologise for branding Tory ministers ‘racist, homophobic, scum’ – saying she was just using ‘street language’.
The deputy Labour leader launched the extraordinary attack on Conservatives during an event for activists at the Labour conference in Brighton last night.
But despite a furious reaction, Ms Rayner this morning insisted she was right to highlight ‘pretty scummy’ comments by Boris Johnson and others.
She said the comments were made at a ‘post-watershed’ meeting with members to ‘fire them up’.
Pressed on whether she regarded 14,000 Tory voters in her own Ashton-under-Lyne constituency as racist and homophobic, Ms Rayner said her remarks were about the PM.
‘I am not saying anyone who voted for the Conservatives are racist or scummy,’ she added.
She made clear she would only apologise if the PM said sorry for his previous ‘racist’ comments.
‘I’m not saying anyone voting for the Conservatives are racist scum,’ she said. ‘I’m saying the PM has said those things and acted in those way.’
Angela Rayner launched an outspoken attack on the Conservatives during an event for Labour activists from northwest England
Government minister Amanda Milling called on the Labour MP to apologise for the ‘shocking’ remarks
Ms Rayner said: ‘I’m sick of shouting from the sidelines, and i bet youse lot are too.
‘We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, mysoginistic, absolute pile …of banana republic…Etonian…piece of scum…and I held back a little…that I have ever seen in my life’
Government minister Amanda Milling described the Labour MP’s remarks as ‘shocking’.
Amanda Milling said: ‘Shocking. Angela Rayner must apologise for these comments.
‘Don’t forget Rayner was Corbyn’s henchman when Labour became embroiled in antisemitism.
‘She failed to act. Rather than throwing around false accusations the Conservatives are focused on the people’s priorities.’
Fellow Foreign Office minister James Cleverly accused Ms Rayner of ‘talking crap’.
He said: ‘I’m sure this went down well in the room but when voters look at the party that has had both female PMs, with half of the great offices of state filled by women, half by BAME, most diverse government, more gay ministers than Labour ever had etc, they’ll know she’s talking crap.’
It isn’t the first time the outspoken MP has caused controversy by calling the Tories scum.
Last October, Tory backbencher Chris Clarkson demanded an apology from Angela Rayner in a public letter after he suggested that the Labour frontbench was viewing the pandemic as a ‘good crisis’ to be exploited.
However, the hard-Left Corbynite then heckled Mr Clarkson, who asked: ‘Excuse me, did the honourable lady just call me scum?’
The exchange prompted an intervention from a furious Commons Deputy Speaker Dame Eleanor Laing who said she would not accept such comments in the chamber ‘under any circumstances’.
It isn’t the first time the outspoken MP has caused controversy by calling the Tories scum