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Fury as Jeremy Corbyn supports Labour hopeful who made vile joke about domestic abuse

FURIOUS Labour politicians are in open revolt over Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to support a controversial candidate who made a sick joke about wife beating.

Ian Byrne was exposed for making light of domestic abuse just days after it was revealed he had made vile slurs about female politicians and the Royal family.

 Labour hopeful Ian Byrne was exposed for making light of domestic abuse
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Labour hopeful Ian Byrne was exposed for making light of domestic abuseCredit: PA:Press Association
 Labour politicians are in open revolt over Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to support the controversial candidate
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Labour politicians are in open revolt over Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to support the controversial candidateCredit: EPA

The candidate for a safe Labour seat in Liverpool posted on Facebook “Everton wives should get the suitcases out of the loft” - a thinly-veiled jibe about wife beating.

He made the comment after the team lost an FA Cup match to Wigan in 2013, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Labour politician Stella Creasy slammed her party’s leadership online for its failure to discipline the wannabe MP.

She tweeted: “The acid test for any Labour member about whether action should be taken here by the NEC is if you could defend this kind of ‘banter’ on the doorstep.

“If you think you could, you probably need to take a long and hard look at whether you should be in a party of equality at all.”

Mr Byrne told the paper he was “mortified” by his comment.

The fresh scandal came as Labour selected a candidate, who shared an image of Theresa May with a gun pointed to her head.

Party chiefs selected Kate Osborne for the safe seat of Jarrow despite a letter from nearly 30 female Labour politicians urging them to block her from running.

In a letter to Labour general secretary Jennie Formby, they said: “If Kate Osborne is selected, it would undermine any claim our party makes to stand resolutely against the harassment and intimidation of women in public life.

“There is a danger of a pattern that affects our general election campaign with candidates that have been selected having abusive social media comments.”

Ms Osborn has apologised for the post.

 Labour politician Stella Creasy slammed her party’s leadership for its failure to discipline the wannabe MP
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Labour politician Stella Creasy slammed her party’s leadership for its failure to discipline the wannabe MPCredit: PA:Press Association
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