Labour Told Gavin Williamson To “Focus On His Job” Rather Than Giving Credence To “False And Ridiculous Smears”
Labour Leader has criticised Tory Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson comparing “smears” against him to the “lies” that inspired mosque killer Darren Osborne.

Last week, Williamson claimed that Jeremy Corbyn had unwittingly met a Czech spy posing as a diplomat in the 1980s which he said was a “betrayal of this country”. He also said Corbyn had “never had Britain’s interests at heart”.

Later, the Leader hit back, accused the top Tory of giving credence to “entirely false and ridiculous smears, which as we know from Darren Osborne, can have a potentially deadly effect.” Corbyn also told Williamson to “focus on his job”.

The Cardiff man, Darren Osborne, was jailed last month for murder and attempted murder after he drove a white van into a crowd of London worshippers outside a mosque in June.

Osborne, who was found guilty of murdering Makram Ali, 51, admitted that he wanted to kill Labour leader and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

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Williamson, who attended a Nato meeting in Brussels to discuss international cyber security, said: “Jeremy Corbyn has never had Britain’s interests at heart. Time and time again he has sided with those who want to destroy everything that is great about this country, whether it is sympathising with terrorists, backing rogue regimes, or cosying up to those who want to inflict pain and misery on the British people.”

“That he met foreign spies is a betrayal of this country. He cannot be trusted.” he added.

Corbyn’s spokesman issued a furious response, saying: “Gavin Williamson should focus on his job and not give credence to entirely false and ridiculous smears, which as we know from Darren Osborne, can have a potentially deadly effect.”

“Jeremy has consistently made the correct calls in the interests of security and peace, including on the Libyan intervention and his opposition to the disastrous Iraq war that has caused catastrophe in the region and made us less safe at home.” the spokesman added.

The claim that Corbyn was an agent, asset or informer for any intelligence agency is entirely false and a ridiculous smear, Labour’s spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, in the 1980s Corbyn met a Czech diplomat, who did not go by the name of Jan Dymic, for a cup of tea in the House of Commons. Corbyn neither had nor offered any privileged information to this or any other diplomat.

“The existence of these bogus claims does not make them in any way true, as The Sunday Times found out to its cost when it published fabricated allegations about former Labour leader Michael Foot and the KGB.” the spokesman added.

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