Jeremy Corbyn says David Cameron's conference speech attack shows Conservatives are 'rattled'

The Prime Minister accused Mr Corbyn of having a 'terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology'

Lizzie Dearden
Wednesday 07 October 2015 14:49
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Jeremy Corbyn's spokesperson said David Cameron had been 'rattled'
Jeremy Corbyn's spokesperson said David Cameron had been 'rattled'

Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesperson has dismissed David Cameron’s attack on the Labour leader, saying the Conservatives were clearly “rattled” by the competition.

The Prime Minister targeted Mr Corbyn while closing the Conservative Party conference with his keynote speech.

“My friends, we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love,” he said, after criticising comments Mr Corbyn made about Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Cameron attack on Corbyn

"The fact that David Cameron used his speech to make personal attacks on Jeremy Corbyn are a sure sign that he is rattled by the re-energisation of the Labour Party,” the spokesperson said.

“With cuts to tax credits and a continued failure on housing, his claim that the Conservatives are the party of working people is being exposed.”

Mr Corbyn travelled to Manchester during the Conservative conference to address a protest rally mounted by anti-austerity campaigners.

His official campaign group compared the Prime Minister’s speech to the “most disgraceful name calling”, dismissing the “personalised, playground attacks”.

“You'll notice the similarity between the Prime Minister's words and those of the tabloid press, who have smeared Jeremy Corbyn throughout the summer and beyond,” JeremyCorbyn4PM wrote on Facebook.

“The motivations are the same: to drown out debate and make our arguments taboo.”

David Cameron delivers his speech at the Tory Party conference

Mr Cameron had highlighted an interview with Iranian television four years ago when the Islington North MP called the death of Osama bin Laden a tragedy.

But supporters of the Leader of the Opposition said the remarks were deliberately taken out of context.

Mr Corbyn complained that there had been “no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest (the al-Qaeda leader) and put him on trial, to go through that process”.

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy,” he continued.

”The World Trade Centre was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”

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