Portsmouth Labour leader defends describing Jeremy Corbyn supporters as ‘morons’

John Ferrett
John Ferrett
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  • Ferrett says he was quoting Tony Blair advisor John McTernan in tweet about Jeremy Corbyn
  • Critics say he should ‘apologise’ for making negative comments to press about Labour candidate
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THE leader of Portsmouth’s Labour group has defended making a comment on Twitter about Jeremy Corbyn supporters being ‘morons’.

Councillor John Ferrett faced criticism on the social media website after posting a negative tweet about the favourite to become the next Labour party leader.

It said: ‘When will the “morons” who nominated Corbyn collectively apologise for destroying the Labour Party?’

Twitter users replied saying they had ‘no idea’ what Cllr Ferrett believed in and that he should apologise for running down a candidate in The News.

It comes after Cllr Ferrett said Mr Corbyn would be a ‘disaster’ for Portsmouth if he was elected Labour leader and became prime minister – though he now says there is ‘no chance’ now of him ever leading the country.

But Cllr Ferrett told The News his tweet was in reference to a quote by John McTernan, advisor to Tony Blair during his time as prime minister, who said the ‘moronic’ 35 MPs who put Mr Corbyn’s name on the ballot paper should be ‘ashamed of themselves’.

Corbyn would be an absolute disaster for the Labour Party, and he would be even more disastrous if he was every elected prime minister, but that’s never going to happen.

Councillor John Ferrett, Portsmouth Labour group leader

Cllr Ferrett said: ‘He said the MPs who nominated Corbyn were responsible for this, and I don’t disagree with that.

‘He has called them morons, I would call them foolish.’

He added: ‘Corbyn would be an absolute disaster for the Labour Party, and he would be even more disastrous if he was ever elected prime minister, but that’s never going to happen. There’s no chance he will ever be elected.’

The Labour Party, who has also put up Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper has contenders, will announce its next leader on September 12.