Jacob Rees-Mogg has admitted that he made a false claim about Jeremy Corbyn on national TV last night.
The Tory toff alleged on Channel 4 News that the Labour leader had voted against the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland.
He added that he was “unaware of any Brexiteer who’s in favour of abandoning the Good Friday Agreement”:
Here’s @Jacob_Rees_Mogg telling a lie on Channel 4 News. Jeremy Corbyn voted for the Good Friday Agreement. One of the few MPs who did vote against it, however, was Rees-Mogg’s hard-Brexit colleague & fellow member of the European Research Group, Desmond Swayne. pic.twitter.com/lm0PKwSLni
— Alex Nunns (@alexnunns) February 28, 2018
Both of those claims are false. In fact, Mr Corbyn closed the Commons debate on the 1998 peace deal with these words:
“I hope that the House will agree to the Third Reading of the Bill. We look forward to peace, hope and reconciliation in Ireland in the future.”
The latest in what the BBC’s Andrew Neil described as a campaign of “outright lies and disinformation” against Mr Corbyn by the Tories was quickly rebutted on social media by the likes of shadow education secretary Angela Rayner:
Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Channel 4 news tonight that Jeremy Corbyn voted against the Good Friday Agreement, when in fact he voted for it! I am sure the newly formed intrepid Tory #fakenews unit will swing into action, investigate and then correct this mistake? Oh wait…….
— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) February 28, 2018
And this morning Rees-Mogg was forced to set the record straight himself:
Mea culpa, I was wrong to say that Mr Corbyn voted against the Good Friday Agreement. He did not.
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) March 1, 2018
He should though now follow in the footsteps of Ben Bradley and apologise to the Labour leader.
Rees-Mogg’s assertion that no Brexiteer is calling the Good Friday Agreement into question is also untrue.
Brexiteer Tory Desmond Swayne was one of just 8 MPs who voted against its introduction in Parliament.
And another, Owen Paterson, was widely criticised recently after sharing an article that said the Good Friday Agreement had “run its course”.
Seems that expensive education was wasted on make-it-up Moggers…