Owen Smith: I fought off hundreds of lads to 'pull' my wife

Posted On: 
10th September 2016

Owen Smith has been plunged into a fresh sexism row after he claimed he has what it takes to be Labour leader because he fought off hundreds of schoolmates to "pull" his wife.

Owen Smith's campaign has been hit by a series of gaffes
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The former frontbencher told the Daily Mirror: “1,200 boys, three girls and I pulled Liz. So I must have something going on. That must be leadership.”

But the comments left the Pontypridd MP open to more accusations of sexism.

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Mr Smith was criticised at the start of the Labour leadership after being forced to apologise for saying his party should "smash" Theresa May "back on her heels" in the House of Commons.

It also emerged that in 2015, he claimed Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood kept being invited onto Question Time by the BBC because of her "gender".

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has claimed that former leadership contender Angela Eagle was "forced off the ballot paper by pressure from Owen Smith’s campaign".

PoliticsHome revealed two weeks ago that despite saying Ms Eagle would be at his "right hand" throughout the campaign, she has appeared at only one of his events.

Mr Smith also came in for criticism when a tweet he posted in April re-emerged.



A SNP spokesperson told PolitcsHome Mr Smith was developing “a habit of putting his foot in his mouth”. Mr Smith defended comments as “political banter”.

Howeverm he has denied that the various rows showed he has a problem with women.

"No. Absolutely not," he said. "I wouldn't be represented by so many women here today and I wouldn't have so many women running my campaign."