Jeremy Corbyns day of election disaster as Labour makes four gaffes in 24 hours


LABOUR boss Jeremy Corbyn had a tough day on the campaign trail in Scotland yesterday – in which he was heckled in public and blasted for his controversial comments about ISIS ringleader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Meanwhile the party was plunged into chaos as the shadow cabinet clashed over whether their four day week policy would apply to the NHS, while Mr Corbyn flip-flopped over his stance on a second Scottish independence referendum.

Here we examine Mr Corbyn’s disastrous day north of the border:

Jeremy Corbyn had a tough day on the campaign trail in Scotland yesterday


The Labour boss was branded “naive to the point of being dangerous” after he insisted the world’s most wanted terrorist should have been arrested and put on trial.

Mr Corbyn sparked outrage when he said detaining murderous ISIS ringleader al-Baghdadi would have been the “right thing to do”.

The jihadist blew up himself and his three kids with a suicide vest before US soldiers could get to him in a raid last month.

The Labour boss insisted “him being removed from the scene is a very good thing” but said the “right thing to do” would have been to put him before the International Criminal Court.

Speaking on LBC Radio he said: “If it would have been possible to arrest him, I don’t know the details of the circumstances at the time.

“I have only seen various statements put out by the US about it, surely that would have been the right thing to do.”

Jeremy Corbyn has been blasted for saying the ‘right thing’ to do would have been to arrest al-Baghdadi

ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up before US soldiers could reach him

The comments triggered outrage last night and they echoed comments he made in 2011 when he described the US killing of Osama bin Laden as a “tragedy”.

Boris Johnson condemned the Labour leaders remarks, saying: “Al-Baghdadi was an absolutely diabolical foe of this country.

“I do not think it is realistic to suggest he could just be apprehended by the police in the circumstances in which he was finally run to ground. I think his approach is nave, it is naive to the point of being dangerous.”

Former Labour MP John Mann fumed: “Baghdadi blew himself up with a suicide belt. An arrest might have been slightly difficult in these circumstances.”

Security Minister Brandon Lewis accused Mr Corbyn of “flawed judgment” and an “inability to stand up to people who reject our values”.

He stormed: “Every time he is given the opportunity to take the side of this country’s enemies he does so.”

Donald Trump boasted that he “died like a dog” and was “whimpering, crying and screaming” as he ran down a tunnel in northern Syria.

The controversial comments came after Mr Corbyn was heckled when getting off the Labour battle bus for his first stop of a two-day trip to Scotland yesterday.

A church minister – a Brexit supporter who it later emerged is known for controversial comments – asked Mr Corbyn: “Do you think the man thats going to be prime minister of this country should be a terrorist sympathiser, Mr Corbyn?”


Labour was plunged into further chaos yesterday as the shadow cabinet clashed over whether their four day week policy would apply to the NHS.

The party’s health boss Jon Ashworth – a leading moderate – said the NHS would be excluded from their plan for a 32 hour-week.

But he was left humiliated when just hours later John McDonnell slapped him down by insisting it would.

Labour Party’s shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth was slapped down by shadow chancellor John McDonnell

The partys civil war erupted as health experts warned the plan risks leaving hospital wards massively short-staffed.

Quizzed on if the plans will apply to the NHS, Mr Ashworth laughed and dismissed then claim as “for the birds”.

He told BBC Breakfast: “No its not happening. There is not going to be a four day week coming to the NHS.”

But just hours later, Mr McDonnell slapped him down while on stage next to him plugging their NHS policy.

The shadow chancellor said: “Its a 32 hour working week implemented over a 10 year period. It will apply to everybody.”

He claimed Mr Ashworth was simply saying the four-day week would not be introduced overnight.

As the health boss stood stony faced next to him, Mr McDonnell said working hours in the NHS will be slashed over the next 10 years.

He said Labour would pay for the expensive giveaway by getting the economy to grow and improving productivity.


Tom Harris, who served as a junior minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, branded the Labour Party leader an “extremist”.

He said Mr Corbyn was “not someone who can be trusted with the security of the nation”.

The former Glasgow South MP, who was chairman of the Vote Leave campaign in Scotland and left the Labour Party last year, said: “The only way they [Labour] will come to their senses is if they are seen to suffer the consequences of putting someone like Jeremy Corbyn at the head of their party.”

Tom Harris has said the idea of Mr Corbyn becoming PM ‘chills him to the bone’
Mr Corbyn was branded a ‘disgrace’ by another former Labour MP

Ian Austin and John Woodcock, elected Labour MPs in 2017, last week also urged voters to back Mr Johnson.

Mr Austin, who quit the party earlier this year in fury at the vile anti-Semitism in Labour, branded Mr Corbyn “a disgrace”

Mr Austin, who joined Labour as a teenager, said: “Theres only two people who can be Prime Minister on December the 13 – Jeremy Corbyn or Boris Johnson.

“And I think Jeremy Corbyn is completely unfit to lead our country – completely unfit to lead the Labour Party.”

Mr Woodcock, the former Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, said Mr Corbyn in Downing Street would be “catastrophic”.

He added: “People have got a choice to make on December 12 and it cannot be Corbyns Labour Party. Weve had atrocity after atrocity.”

Last week Lord Blunkett, who was an MP for 28 years, said the Labour Party was “plagued by intolerance and division” and on course for a 1983-style drubbing.


Mr Corbyn yesterday appeared to change his mind three times in a matter of hours as to whether he would give Nicola Sturgeon a second Scottish independence referendum.

After initially saying he would not allow a vote during his first term as PM, later he would only say there would no referendum in the “early years” of a Labour government.

His first total dismissal angered the SNP as Labour tries to take back some of the seats it lost to the Nationalists, who won a landslide victory in Scotland’s 59 constituencies in the 2015 General Election.

Mr Corbyn backtracked on the Scottish independence referendum yesterday

Mr Corbyn also said he did not intend to work with the SNP in government if Labour fails to win a majority – but did not rule it out.

“We are not fighting this election to form a coalition with anybody and we have no intention of forming a coalition with anyone. We are not doing deals, we are not doing pacts,” he said.