David Cameron has launched a blistering attack on Jeremy Corbyn in his speech to the Conservative Party conference, labelling the new Labour leader's “ideology” as “security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating”.
In a series of widely applauded comments by Tory delegates, the Conservative leader claimed "thousands of words have been written about the new Labour leader.
"But you only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a 'tragedy'."
Mr Cameron continued: "No. A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in New York. A tragedy is the mums and dads who never came home from work that day. A tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit."
"We cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love," he finished to loud applause.
The Conservative leader's condemnation of Mr Corbyn's perceived remarks stems from footage of a 2011 interview with an Iranian news channel, The Agenda. In the interview, the then-Labour backbencher, introduced as a "outspoken rebel in the Labour party’s ranks”, says it was the lack of trial for Osama Bin Laden that was the "tragedy".
"There was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process," he tells the interviewer.
“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy.
“The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died. Torture has come back on to the world stage, been canonised virtually into law by Guantanamo and Bagram."
Mr Corbyn's supporters were quick to respond to the PM's remarks, labelling them"disgraceful" and "personalised, playground style attacks."
David Cameron's biggest controversies
David Cameron's biggest controversies
A book released by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft alleged that an MP and Oxford contemporary of David Cameron had allegedly seen a photograph of Mr Cameron performing a sex act on a pig while at university. Downing Street did not comment on the allegations and the peer said they could have been a case of mistaken identity
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2/8 ‘Swarm’ of migrants
In July 2015 David Cameron referred to refugees coming into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa as a “swarm”. He was criticised for using the language, which critics said was dehumanising
3/8 Child tax credits
In April 2015 David Cameron was asked whether he’d cut child tax credits. “No, I don’t want to do that,” he said, saying that he rejected reports that he would. Shortly after the election the Government unveiled cuts to child tax credits
4/8 Cycling to work
As leader of the opposition David Cameron was regularly photographed cycling to work. In early 2006 he was photographed cycling but with a driver in a car carrying his belongings. It was suggested at the time the cycling was just for show and that having two vehicles on the road instead of one was wasteful
5/8 Andy Coulson
David Cameron employed former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as government communications director from 2010. After stepping down from the post due to coverage of the phone hacking affairs, Mr Coulson was later found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. He served a short prison sentence
6/8 His personal windmill
Early in his leadership of the Conservative David Cameron made an effort to change the party’s image by making eco-friendly gesures. As one of these gestures, the future PM put a wind turbine on his house. However, the turbine later had to be removed after neighbours condemned it as an eyesore and the council’s planning committee said it had been put in the wrong place
7/8 Funeral selfie
David Cameron was pictured posing for a ‘selfie’ with Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Some in the press criticised the prime minister for showing in an inappropriately low level of respect for the gravity of the occasion
8/8 Eating a hotdog with a knife and fork
The Prime Minister was pictured eating a hotdog with a knife and fork in the run up to the 2015 general election. He was accused of being “posh”. “I had a very privileged upbringing... I've never tried to hide that,” he said
In a Facebook post, published minutes after Mr Cameron's speech, supporters drew "similarity between the Prime Minister's words and those of the tabloid press, who have smeared Jeremy Corbyn throughout the summer and beyond.
"The motivations are the same: to drown out debate and make our arguments taboo."
Already, the post has attracted more than 2,000 "likes". It goes on to claim Mr Cameron "has a fight on his hands" and "we won't fight it by personalised attacks, we'll fight it by widening the debate and involving people, across communities and in workplaces, to create a better society."Reuse content