Corbyn failed to meet distressed MP


Ruth Smeeth, the Jewish MP, has revealed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn failed to contact her for 10 days after she was challenged at a high-profile party event.

A visibly distressed Mrs Smeeth walked out of the launch of the Chakrabarti report in June after activist Marc Wadsworth accused her of being in league with the "right-wing media".

Mr Corbyn witnessed the incident and, immediately afterwards, the leader's office told her Mr Corbyn would be in touch that evening. But, she told the Standard this week, "the call never came".

When Mr Corbyn did eventually contact her, it was a brief conversation 45 minutes before he was due to give evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee. His aides then arranged a meeting, which he failed to attend. Mrs Smeeth said: "I was there. Jeremy wasn't. His team said: 'Jeremy understood the meeting hadn't been confirmed', so he didn't turn up."

The Stoke on Trent MP has also said she was astonished by Mr Wadsworth's claim last week that he had been "smeared" and "set up" over the incident.

She told the JC: "Rather than apologising for his ignorant and offensive actions, Mr Wadsworth is trying to portray himself as a victim."

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