West Norfolk councillor slammed for accusing Jeremy Corbyn of 'lying'
A West Norfolk councillor has refused to back down after accusing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of lying in the row over the county’s children’s centres.
Mr Corbyn warned of a “national emergency” in the sector during a visit to the county, in which he backed opposition to plans which could see 46 of the 53 centres shut, at the weekend.
In response to the visit, Conservative councillor Thomas Smith described Mr Corbyn as a “lying shyster” in a social media post, claiming that opponents of the administration’s proposals did not know the facts.
The comment was described as a “disgrace” by one respondent, while former Labour general election candidate Jo Rust said she would make a formal complaint to West Norfolk Council, of which Mr Smith is also a member, over the issue.
She tweeted that the post “surely breaches council code of conduct with this appalling name calling.”
But, today, Mr Smith refused to apologise for the comment.
He said: “Calling out liars who are aiming to cause distress and anxiety to the people of Norfolk is something I will always do.
“That our opposition at County Hall are opposed to the idea people should be honest in politics shows why they are the opposition.”
The row follows a consultation event held at the Gaywood library on Thursday afternoon for residents to have their say on the proposals which, if implemented, would leave the centre in Terrington St Clement as a single district hub for West Norfolk.
Labour campaigners have also announced plans for a protest against the plans, which will take place in Lynn’s town centre on Sunday at noon. The current public consultation runs until November 12.