In a lengthy speech, Jeremy Corbyn’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs took aim at four of her peers and a series of incidents that saw two of them resign before styling herself the “black widow of Westminster”. She began by mocking former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who resigned after he made unwanted advances to a journalist before moving on to ex-Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green who quit when pornography was found on his office computer. Ms Thornberry also attempted to make fun of “squeaky clean” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt before making a reference to Boris Johnson’s divorce following an alleged affair he had. The 58-year-old said: “I started off with Michael Fallon… you may remember why he had to resign – because he couldn’t keep his hands to himself… Then I was shadowing Damian Green. He had to resign because he couldn’t keep his hands off himself.
“And then I shadowed Boris Johnson and God knows where his hands have been, right?
“But now I’m shadowing Jeremy Hunt and I’m told he’s completely squeaky clean.
“But you and I know, that the truth of the matter is, wait for it, he’s been screwing the NHS for the last four years.”
Despite just two of the four examples she provided to listeners having resigned for being caught up in a scandal, she called herself the “black widow of Westminster”, adding “everybody I shadow seems to end up resigning”.
But Ms Thornberry chose not to mention the scandals she too has been caught up in.
In 2006 she is alleged to have “altered an electronic copy of an Electoral Commission news release by inserting a quotation from herself”.
It also emerged her expense bill was one of the highest in the Capital at £717,673 from 2010 to 2015 – 15 percent higher than the average for London MPs.
Perhaps her most infamous scandal however, is the so-called ‘white van tweet’ that saw Ms Thornberry, who lives in a £3million home, post a photo of a house in Rochester that had the flag of St George draped down the front of it and a white van outside.
Her scathing tweet read: “Image from #Rochester.”
The tweet triggered accusations of snobbery and was widely condemned by the Labour Party, with then leader Ed Miliband staying she had conveyed a “sense of disrespect”, Chris Bryant adding she had broke the “first rule of politics” and Simon Danczuk who said the party had been “hijacked by the north London liberal elite”.
She was sacked by Mr Miliband.
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