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Labour’s deputy leader let her true feelings be known as she addressed party members at a regional drinks reception last night.
Admitting she was tired of being in Opposition, the Ashton-under-Lyne MP launched into a bitter tirade against the Government.
She said: “The stories I tell about my childhood are for people to look at themselves and to be able to say ‘look at what we did, look at what we achieved when we’re in government, and look what we can do’.
“And we’ve seen that with our mayors, we’ve seen that with Steve [Rotheram], with Andy [Burnham], we’ve seen it with our members in local government, the difference we’ve made in when we’re in power. We make no difference when we’ve not in power, we’re just shouting from the sidelines. I’m sick of shouting from the sidelines, I bet you lot are too.
“We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, absolute pile, banana republic, vile, nasty, Etonian, posh… piece of scum.”
Her speech was met with cheers and applause from supportive Labour members.
“I held back a little,” Ms Rayner added after catching her breath.
She added: “We have got to do better than this, not because of us, not because of the work we do, but because of the tremendously good work our local activists, councillors, mayors have done.
“Because our communities have been through so much and they absolutely b****y deserve better.
“Have a good night comrades, have a great conference, and get on that doorstep and bring us power.”
Government minister Amanda Milling described the Labour MP’s remarks as “shocking” and demanded an apology from the deputy leader.
“Shocking. Angela Rayner must apologise for these comments,” she said.
“Don’t forget Rayner was Corbyn’s henchman when Labour became embroiled in anti-Semitism.
“She failed to act. Rather than throwing around false accusations, the Conservatives are focused on the people’s priorities.”
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