Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey took offence to LBC host Maajid Nawaz’s rant and questioned the 39-year-old for his attack on left-wing politics.
The LBC radio host claimed the Left had resorted to violence in a desperate bid to shut down debate they do not agree with in a lengthy tirade on the BBC show.
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When quizzed on whether the Labour party was an effective opposition, Mr Nawaz opened the question up and took aim at militant left-wing politics.
Mr Nawaz said: “I think not only is the opposition in disarray, I think it is descending into puerile displays of protest and shouting and in some cases, violence and justifying violence on the left instead of developing serious policy solutions.”
“Whether it’s on the campuses, banning speakers, using UC Berkeley on a broader left that has been set alight today.”
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The head of the Quaillam counter-extremism think tank was then rudely interrupted mid-point by Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, who believed his rant against the left was directed against her own party.
She interrupted Mr Nawaz and went on the attack: “That’s a horrific thing to say that we justify violence on the left.”
He shut down her response and argued his own points were not directly aimed at Jeremy Corbyn’s party.
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Mr Nawaz retorted: “I didn’t say the Labour party. I said the Left. You can take responsibility for it if you like. I said the opposition and the broader left.
He then continued with his point, adding: “It’s descending into authoritarian displays of wanting to shut debate down and one of the displays we see of that is lack of vision and as I mentioned earlier, even over what happens on Brexit.
“I think we need a clear vision emanating from the leader of the opposition, which isn’t there. We don’t know what the alternative is to resisting Theresa May’s policies.”
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