“He’s been complacent about misogyny, anti-Semitic and homophobic abuse and I don’t think he’s been speaking out against those things and doing something about them. It’s not enough to ignore it, you’ve got to address it.”
Corbyn himself was quizzed the previous day on his response to Labour members directing abuse at his former shadow business secretary, Angela Eagle.
“If anyone who claims to be a supporter of mine is making homophobic remarks or homophobic abuse then they are wrong,” he said.
“If anyone is acting in a homophobic way in the Labour Party, they are wrong. They will have no support from me whatsoever in doing that. I absolutely condemn it and they should be investigated for their behaviour.”
Smith was also pulled up himself on criticism that he described himself as “nomal” at the outset of the leadership contest, a comment some claimed was a “homophobic slur” against then contender Angela Eagle, who is openly gay.
He explained the comment by saying he had been described as a “normal” person by a journalist on Sky News, and had simply repeated it to reaffirm the statement.
Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/09/01/owen-smith-tackles-jeremy-corbyn-over-labour-members-abuse-and-press-tv-appearance_n_11818552.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics&ir=UK+Politics