MP is rapped for swear­ing dur­ing liveTV in­ter­view

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Jonathan Walker Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

BIRM­ING­HAM MP Jack Dromey was told off dur­ing a live lunchtime TV in­ter­view for swear­ing twice on air.

Dis­cussing abuse aimed at MPs, the Labour politi­cian said he said got “s***” from right-wingers.

Mr Dromey (Lab Erd­ing­ton ) was speak­ing on BBC Two’s Daily Pol­i­tics show.

And he was told to stop swear­ing by the show’s host, po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ist An­drew Neil.

Mr Neil asked him about claims that left-wing Labour ac­tivists who say they sup­port party leader Jeremy Cor­byn had been us­ing so­cial me­dia such as Twit­ter to abuse MPs they dis­agreed with.

Mr Dromey, a shadow busi­ness min­is­ter, told him that abuse of politi­cians had been “get­ting worse for some years”.

He added: “Now, I per­son­ally don’t get, that much, if you’ll ex­cuse the lan­guage, s***.

“But the s*** that I get comes over­whelm­ingly from the right.

“But it doesn’t mat­ter where it comes from, it is un­ac­cept­able. And any­one who prac­tises that is com­pletely wrong.”

Mr Neil in­ter­rupted to say: “I think

Iwhen we are talk­ing about abuse it would be best if we didn’t use abu­sive lan­guage on day­time tele­vi­sion.”

Mr Dromey replied: “But some­times it’s ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause I feel very strongly about what you see?”

Mr Neil told him: “Yeah, but don’t think that was ap­pro­pri­ate.”

He added: “I un­der­stand but don’t use it again please.”

The in­ter­view took place fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of a re­port which warned that racism and big­otry aimed at politi­cians had been “on the rise” since the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion .

It high­lighted a num­ber of cases of abuse dur­ing the lat­est cam­paign, in­clud­ing re­ports by Tory for­mer min­is­ter An­drew Percy, a con­vert to Ju­daism, that he had been called “Zion­ist scum”.

Tory Sh­eryll Mur­ray has told how she was left “sick­ened” when her posters were daubed with swastikas, while Ameet Jo­gia, an In­dian-ori­gin Con­ser­va­tive party can­di­date who stood against Labour’s Barry Gar­diner in Brent North, re­ported find­ing a vot­ing booth van­dalised with graf­fiti, stat­ing: “Vote Labour Barry, not Jo­gia. Keep p**** out of pol­i­tics”.

The re­port said: “We con­clude that more could and should be done by po­lit­i­cal par­ties to pre­pare can­di­dates for the ruth­less na­ture of cam­paign­ing. This might in­clude per­sonal safety ses­sions and brief­ings from ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers.”

Labour and the Con­ser­va­tives have both ac­cused the other of fail­ing to act to stamp out abuse by their mem­bers and ac­tivists.

Con­ser­va­tive MP Si­mon Hart has se­cured a de­bate in West­min­ster Hall on the abuse and in­tim­i­da­tion of can­di­dates and the pub­lic in UK elec­tions.

And he said in an in­ter­view with the Daily Mail that Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn should do more to con­demn at­tacks made by his sup­port­ers.

But Labour says that the Con­ser­va­tives are guilty of vit­ri­olic per­sonal at­tacks on elec­tion can­di­dates.

Labour chair Ian Lav­ery and Cat Smith, shadow min­is­ter for voter en­gage­ment, said Tories ran a “neg­a­tive, nasty” gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign full of smears and un­truths about op­po­nents, par­tic­u­larly shad-

I think when we are talk­ing about abuse it would be best if we didn’t use abu­sive lan­guage on day­time tele­vi­sion

ow home sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott. In a let­ter to Con­ser­va­tive party chair­man Sir Pa­trick McLough­lin, they said: “Such at­tacks on politi­cians, the con­se­quent in­tim­i­dat­ing and abu­sive lan­guage and threats of vi­o­lence to­wards them on­line, de­ter many peo­ple from en­ter­ing pol­i­tics.

“Par­ties and politi­cians have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to set an ex­am­ple, by treating oth­ers with dig­nity and re­spect, in­clud­ing those with whom we strongly dis­agree.

“The Con­ser­va­tive Party has in­stead pro­moted per­sonal at­tacks as a core com­po­nent of its na­tional cam­paign.

“Abuse against can­di­dates on so­cial me­dia is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

“The Con­ser­va­tive Party per­pe­trated this on an in­dus­trial scale by spend­ing mil­lions of pounds to post highly per­son­alised and nasty at­tack ad­verts on vot­ers’ Face­book time­lines with­out their per­mis­sion.”

Birm­ing­ham MP Jess Phillips has spo­ken out against abuse of politi­cians after some­one took a pho­to­graph of Labour MP Yvette Cooper on a train, ap­par­ently sit­ting in first class, and posted it on Twit­ter with the words: “Was it too busy in stan­dard?”

Ms Phillips said on Twit­ter: “This can no longer be seen as in­di­vid­ual in­ci­dents. This is tar­geted to con­trol, iso­late and ma­nip­u­late. It has to stop.”

TV host An­drew Neil

> Erd­ing­ton MP Jack Dromey

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