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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Comedian Ava Vidal Slams Corbyn's Critics; 'He's a very strong person' (VIDEO)
Labour lost the Copeland seat after Conservative candidate Trudy Harrison won the by-election in a historic victory.
After losing the Cumbrian seat, which had been held by Labour for more than 80 years, Jeremy Corbyn’s party did manage to fight off Ukip in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election.
The Labour leader faced further scrutiny over his position after the crushing Copeland loss, but insisted that he would not step down.
On Newsnight, Ava Vidal clashed with host Kirsty Wark as they crossed swords over the strength of the Labour Party leader.
Ms Vidal said: “People love to paint Jeremy Corbyn as this weak leader, ‘oh he is clinging on, he’s doing this, he’s so weak’.
“Let me ask, I don’t think any one of us on this panel here could take the amount of criticism that Jeremy Corbyn has to take.
“The amount of backstabbing within his own party.
“They’ve made out that he is a weak person, he is a very very strong person, you have to be, to tolerate what he has had to tolerate.
They’ve made out that he is a weak person, he is a very very strong person <Ava Vidal>
“Every single week he has got something else thrown at him.”
The host stepped in as she described Mr Corybn as a “maverick” in the past when voted against his own party’s whip, however suggested this was no longer the case.
The 67-year-old Labour leader famously rebelled against his party’s whip hundreds of times when he was a backbench MP.
Ms Vidal jumped to the defence of the Labour leader again reiterating that he defied three-line whips in a respectful manor.
She added: “Yes he voted against the Government, he done it in a respectful way. He’s not doing it in the way that people are criticising him.
“He’s not sending around snide emails within the commons, he’s not calling peoples names, actually I think Jeremy Corbyn should be stronger.
“He keeps talking of nicer politics, if he doesn’t know that politics isn’t nice by now then I’m sorry.”
The defeat in the Cumbrian seat for Labour means the Conservative’s are the first governing party to win a by-election since 1982, as they won with a majority of 2,147 votes with 44 per cent of the vote.
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