INTERNATIONAL Trade Secretary Liam Fox “should focus on his job” rather than spreading “entirely false” claims about Jeremy Corbyn, Labour said today.
Mr Fox used a TV appearance to claim the Labour leader had been “very useful” to the Soviet Union and had undermined British security.
He told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show that left-wing Labour MPs had acted in a way that was “damaging” to Britain during the cold war.
Mr Fox outlandishly claimed: “It is very clear that Jeremy Corbyn and his fellow leftwingers were undermining the case for our security.”
A Labour Party spokesman responded: “Liam Fox should focus on his job and not give credence to claims that everyone knows are entirely false and ridiculous.”
Mr Fox was forced to resign as Defence Secretary in 2011 after revelations that his long-term aide Adam Werritty had joined him on official trips, despite having no official position or security clearance.
This comes after Tory vice-chairman Ben Bradley issued a grovelling apology to Mr Corbyn over the weekend for a “wholly untrue and false” tweet about the Labour leader’s alleged links to cold war spies.
The Mansfield MP was threatened with legal action by Mr Corbyn after falsely claiming he had “sold British secrets to communist spies.”
As part of his humiliating climbdown, Mr Bradley apologised on Twitter and made a “substantial” donation to a charity of Mr Corbyn’s choice, as well as paying his legal costs.
Mr Corbyn directed the donation to a homeless charity and a foodbank in Mr Bradley’s constituency, Labour said.
A spokeswoman for Mr Corbyn said: “Following the botched smear campaign against Jeremy, this case shows we are not going to let dangerous lies go unchallenged.”
Mr Bradley’s apology read: “I am very sorry for publishing this untrue and false statement and I have no hesitation in offering my unreserved and unconditional apology to Jeremy Corbyn for the distress I have caused him.”
Following Mr Bradley’s promotion in Theresa May’s January reshuffle, vile blog posts from 2012 emerged in which he suggested unemployed people should have vasectomies rather than having children.
At the time, Labour said the comments were proof that the Tories were still the “nasty party” of old.
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