Labour loves Emily Thornberry’s 'marvellous' ambush of Michael Fallon

Written by David Singleton on 15 May 2017 in Diary

Watch: The shadow defence secretary told the top Tory he was talking 'bollocks'.

In the 2015 general election, Michael Fallon famously got under many Labour skins by declaring that Ed Miliband had "stabbed his own brother in the back" and would be willing to "stab the United Kingdom in the back".

But now Labour have finally had their revenge on the senior Tory for what became known as the ‘dead cat strategy’.

Appearing on the Andrew Marr Show, Fallon said Jeremy Corbyn had shown “quite open support for the IRA”

So Emily Thornberry hit Fallon with the revelation that had met President Assad in Syria in 2007. And for good measure, she accused the defence secretary of “slinging around dead cats” and talking “bollocks”.

“Now, I’m not going to judge you for going to a reception with Assad. And I don’t think people should judge Jeremy for trying to talk to people who might be open to a settlement in Northern Ireland”, said Thornberry.

“You really can’t just go around making this stuff up. There’s an election and people need to make decisions on the basis of the truth. You have just said for example I want to negotiate the future of the Falklands. That is bollocks!”





Fallon replied: “I don’t recall any party in Syria. I remember a fact-finding visit to Syria. There’s a huge moral difference between talking to other foreign leaders… and Jeremy Corbyn’s quite open support for the IRA.”

Among those enjoying the clash was John Prescott. The former deputy prime minister, who famously punched a voter for throwing an egg, called Thornberry’s attack “one of the best ever political ambushes”.

Labour figures fighting for their constituencies around the country were also delighted, with Chuka Umunna calling the assault “beautiful” and David Lammy declaring that Thornberry “absolutely wiped the floor with Michael Fallon”.

Also on Twitter, Carolyn Harris said Thornberry was “bloody marvellous” and Karl Turner declared triumphantly that Thornberry had “flattened” Fallon.

And Labour’s former general election John Trickett co-ordinator got stuck in with a message for the right wing press:  “Dear Torygraph, Yes that is correct. Sir Michael Fallon - arch Tory - left the studio feeling very ‘blue’ after Thornberry's zinger.”

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