John Prescott was egged on by the Question Time audience as he landed two – strictly political – jabs on the Tory chairman last night.
The Labour heavyweight put Brandon Lewis on the ropes over the unsubstantiated spy claims made against Jeremy Corbyn by Tory MPs.
Prescott pointed out that Lewis had promised a new “respect pledge” for Tory candidates when he became party chairman last month.
It stipulated that Tory parliamentary candidates would have to “behave responsibly and show respect” to opponents.
Yet last week Tory vice chairman Ben Bradley claimed Corbyn had “sold British secrets to communists” in a tweet he deleted after being threatened with libel action.
Labour’s former deputy PM said it was the “dirtiest slur” he’d seen in 50 years and said Lewis must sack Bradley if his respect pledge is to mean anything:
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) February 22, 2018
Lewis claimed in response that there was a big difference between a “proper and robust debate” and “personal abuse.”
But Prescott hit back with a knockout blow, saying: “This isn’t about spies, it’s about lies.”
Prezza still packs a punch…