The Herald

Smith still gets death threats for challenge


FORMER Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has claimed he is still receiving death threats following his failed bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

The MP for Pontypridd, who has not spoken to the party leader since the result of the leadership ballot was announced at the Labour conference in September, said: “I had police at my surgery last Friday because of some of the death threats I have had.

“Some of those are to do with the contest and some of those are to do with other political things I’ve said,” he told the Guardian in an interview.

Mr Smith, the former shadow work and pensions secretary, explained how he had “lots and lots” of death threats during the summer, which made him feel “a bit miserable”.

The Welsh backbenche­r was soundly beaten in the leadership contest. Mr Corbyn won the leadership contest by 313,209 votes to Mr Smith’s 193,229, or 62 per cent to 38 per cent. However, in Scotland, Mr Smith garnered the most votes, winning 6,856 compared to MrCorbyn’s6,042.

The Pontypridd MP, like others who once served in Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, has since refused to return to the front line.

He explained: “Jeremy won a big and clear victory and I made it very clear all summer as to what I thought the issues were and why I thought I was a better bet to lead the Labour party back to power than Jeremy. Clearly the majority of the membership didn’t agree with me.”


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