MP JON: MY JEZ AT­TACK WAS BANTS Labour big­wig dis­misses leak

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A SHADOW Cabi­net min­is­ter has been caught on tape say­ing vot­ers “can’t stand” Jeremy Cor­byn.

Jonathan Ash­worth said the sit­u­a­tion fac­ing Labour was “abysmal”.

But he dis­missed his re­marks, in which he also claimed vot­ers thought the party had “blocked Brexit”, as “ban­ter”.

The Shadow Health Sec­re­tary, seen as a key ally of the Labour leader, also claimed civil ser­vants would “pretty quickly move to safe­guard se­cu­rity” if Mr Cor­byn en­tered No10.

Mr Ash­worth ad­mit­ted the record­ing leaked to the Guido Fawkes web­site made him “look like a right plonker”.

He said the re­marks were just “jok­ing around” with Tory pal Greig Baker. He said: “We’re hav­ing ban­ter with each other. I don’t mean it be­cause I’m jok­ing around with my mate be­cause he’s a Tory.”

Mr Ash­worth apol­o­gised to Labour mem­bers, and sug­gested he was try­ing to “psych” his friend out “like foot­ball man­agers do”. Boris John­son last night said it was proof Labour was los­ing votes over its Brexit stance.

It came as crit­i­cism over the PM’s re­sponse to a four-year-old boy left sleep­ing on a hos­pi­tal floor con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the Tory cam­paign. A photograph showed Jack Wil­li­ment-Barr ly­ing on a pile of coats at Leeds Gen­eral In­fir­mary. Ques­tioned by ITV News, Mr John­son ini­tially re­fused to look at the photo on a reporter’s phone be­fore tak­ing the hand­set and putting it in his pocket. Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock’s visit to the hos­pi­tal prompted fur­ther woes af­ter claims an aide was punched by a Labour ac­tivist proved false.

ALLY: Cor­byn with Ash­worth

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