Row over fake Syria photo is pa­thetic, says Ab­bott

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DIANE AB­BOTT has come under fire af­ter post­ing a fake im­age of a bomb­ing raid in a so­cial me­dia post about the Syr­ian air strikes.

The shadow home sec­re­tary dis­missed the row over her use of the pic­ture as “pa­thetic”.

The Labour front­bencher used the im­age in a post hit­ting out at In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Penny Mor­daunt, who was de­fend­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s re­fusal to hold a par­lia­men­tary vote be­fore launch­ing air strikes in re­sponse to the chem­i­cal weapon at­tack at Douma.

Twit­ter users pointed out that the im­age used to il­lus­trate her point was a com­pos­ite show­ing what a fic­tional Is­raeli air strike in Tehran might have looked like.

But Ms Ab­bott dis­missed crit­i­cism say­ing: “Ap­par­ently, my use of this pic is ‘im­por­tant news’. Yes, UK goes to war with­out UN ap­proval or even par­lia­men­tary de­bate. But the most im­por­tant news is what pics I use in a tweet. Pa­thetic.”

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