BBC Question Time Descends Into Angry Row As Anna Soubry Brands John McDonnell A ‘Nasty Piece Of Work’

Soubry launched into an attack on McDonnell after the shadow chancellor denied saying he was a Marxist as a video posted online appears to show.

The former Tory minister told him: “You said ‘I’m a Marxist’. You can go on YouTube and you can watch it.”

She added to gasps from the audience: “And I tell you something else Mr McDonnell, you are a very nasty piece of work.”

“There are colleagues of mine in House of Commons, Labour MPs, who are at the point of being terrorist by McDonnell and his cronies,” she said.

“There are women MPs who suffer day in and day out from misogynist, unpleasant, sexist abuse on Twitter, on Facebook, from people who are apparently within their own party.

“There is a Jewish Labour MP, a women, who is living in safe house because of the level of anti-Semitism she has to bear.”

Soubry said many Labour MPs were “so frightened, humiliated, almost terrorised by Mr McDonnell and his gang they will leave politics”.

Turning to McDonnell she told him: “You sir can stop it.”

McDonnell branded Soubry’s “abuse” of him “outrageous” and insisted the Labour leadership condemned any abuse of the party’s MPs. “We are not accepting this smear campaign that is going on from the Tories and others as well,” he said.

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