‘Just do one!’ After her ‘Tory scum’ outburst, now Labour’s deputy (and wannabe Prime Minister) Angela Rayner insults Rishi Sunak with vulgar tweet
The party’s deputy leader sparked outrage after she told the Chancellor on Twitter to ‘do one’ – a slang insult meaning ‘get lost’.
The message was posted in response to a weekly No 11 newsletter from Mr Sunak, in which he detailed an additional £40 million of aid for Ukraine.
It is not the first time the senior Labour figure has landed herself in hot water for her remarks about those on the other side of the Commons. The former care worker resorted to calling senior Conservatives ‘a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, absolute pile of… banana republic… Etonian … piece of scum’ in a foul-mouthed tirade at last year’s Labour party conference.
Angela Rayner was last night accused of turning Labour into the ‘true nasty party’ after launching a baseless attack against Rishi Sunak on social media
She was forced to apologise after her incendiary words began trending on Twitter in the wake of the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess.
Lee Anderson, Tory MP for Ashfield, accused Ms Rayner of behaving pathetically after the latest controversial outburst.
He said: ‘I don’t know what it is about Angela Rayner and the Left that have it in for successful people running the country, surely it’s much better for successful people who are successes in business to hold the purse strings of the country rather than somebody whose only claim to fame is dishing out insults.
‘She is someone throughout her career who has made childish insults against Conservative politicians and now she’s having a go at Rishi, who by the way is one of the most polite politicians you’ll ever wish to meet. He’s a real gentleman, regardless of your politics.’
Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said: ‘It wasn’t a coincidence that she shouts out ‘Tory scum’. This ludicrous angry abuse that comes from her just winds up the morons on the hard-Left to go and take direct action.
‘You can’t complain about being got at on Twitter if you spend your time abusing others on Twitter.’ Other commentators pointed to the hypocrisy of the move, after Ms Rayner urged people to engage in a ‘kinder’ form of politics in 2019.
The party’s deputy leader sparked outrage after she told the Chancellor on Twitter to ‘do one’ – a slang insult meaning ‘get lost’
She wrote at the time: ‘The nasty tweets and social media comments I’ve had over the last 24hrs prove we have a problem with some on the Left that cannot disagree respectfully. I would also like to thank the many members who have given me lots of support and positive messages.’
Ms Rayner’s remarks came as Mr Sunak and his wife made their debut on The Sunday Times Rich List with a joint fortune of £730 million. The Chancellor and Akshata Murty were placed 222nd in the top 250 richest people in the UK – making Mr Sunak the first frontline politician to be included on the Rich List since the wealth rankings began in 1989.
A number of Opposition politicians, including Labour’s Wes Streeting, reacted with fury, as the rest of the population face a swingeing cost of living crisis.
Mr Streeting said: ‘The Chancellor who plunged half a million more children into poverty with his Spring Statement has made The Sunday Times Rich List.’