Angela Eagle: Jeremy Corbyn must 'control' supporters after 'threatening' office attack

Posted On: 
12th July 2016

Labour leadership hopeful Angela Eagle has ordered Jeremy Corbyn to “get control” of his supporters after his “ritual” response to an attack on her office was savaged.

Angela Eagle's office was attacked last night
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A brick was thrown through the window of Ms Eagle’s Wallasey constituency office last night after she yesterday launched her leadership challenge against Mr Corbyn.

The former shadow business secretary’s staff have also received threats, and she was forced to relocate an event today after the venue it was scheduled at also received abuse.

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Mr Corbyn today condemned the attack, saying it was “extremely concerning” Ms Eagle had been the “victim of a threatening act” and that other MPs had received threats.

But outraged Labour MP Ben Bradshaw launched a scathing tirade against Mr Corbyn’s response, arguing the Labour must call off and expel “Momentum thugs”.

“These ritual condemnations from Jeremy Corbyn are just not enough. We need action,” he told BBC News.

“He always condemns, he always says it shouldn’t happen, he never actually does anything.

“He could call off these Momentum thugs now. The people around him control them.

“He should call them off, take them off now and expel these people if they’re members of the party.”

Ms Eagle lamented that such attacks and abuse were “being done in his [Mr Corbyn’s] name”.

“This isn’t the kind of gentler politics that we were promised. I think Jeremy Corbyn needs to condemn these acts and he also needs to ensure that people who are supporting him don’t continue to behave this way in the future," she said in a pooled clip.

When told the Labour leader has released a statement in which he condemned the incident, she replied:

"They are being done in his name, and he needs to get control of the people who are supporting him and make certain that this behaviour stops and stops now.

“It’s bullying, it has absolutely no place in politics in the UK. And it needs to end.”

DEATH THREATS ON CORBYN

Responding to the window incident this morning, Mr Corbyn said in a statement:

“As someone who has also received death threats this week and previously, I am calling on all Labour party members and supporters to act with calm and treat each other with respect and dignity, even where there is disagreement.

“I utterly condemn any violence or threats, which undermine the democracy within our party and have no place in our politics.”

Labour MP Wes Streeting hit out at colleagues and trade union leaders who have used incendiary language as the battle for the soul of the Labour party rages on.

"Threats to MPs are in themselves chilling in a democracy, but they also have an impact on the people who work for us,” he told PoliticsHome.

“Labour MPs and trade union leaders whipping up hostility to MPs mounting a democratic challenge should reflect heavily on the consequences of their words."

His comments could refer to Unite general secretary Len McLuskey, who yesterday condemned the ongoing parliamentary coup against Mr Corbyn in strong terms.

“This was an attempted political lynching, designed to bully and bludgeon Jeremy Corbyn, this deeply decent and kind man, out of the job he was elected to do,” he railed.