GMB turns into shouting match as Pierce blasts Rayner ‘scum’ comment ‘Don’t talk over me!’
GMB: Andrew Pierce clashes with Kevin Maguire on Angela Rayner
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Andrew Pierce was incandescent with rage after Angela Rayner delivered an angry rant against “misogynistic” and “scum” Tories and noted it was hypocritical for the Labour deputy leader to attack the Conservatives in this way. He noted, if anything, Labour should be considered misogynistic because they have not elected a woman leader whereas the Conservatives have had two who became prime minister. Kevin Maguire mocked Mr Pierce for standing on his “moral molehill” and noted the comments Boris Johnson has made in the past as the pair began shouting over each other during their appearance on Good Morning Britain.
Ms Rayner stole the focus at the Labour Party conference after audio emerged of her calling Tories “scum”, “homophobic”, and “racist” in a foul-mouthed rant during a fringe event.
She was reported as saying: “I’m sick of shouting from the sidelines, and I bet youse lot are too.
“We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, absolute pile… banana republic… Etonian… piece of scum… and I held back a little… that I have ever seen in my life.”
Her comments have caused an outcry with some prominent Labour members appearing to stand by Ms Rayner.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Pierce and Mr Maguire clashed over the comments.
Mr Pierce told the programme: “It’s a bit of a nerve actually for a woman Labour politician to call the Tories misogynistic.
“Kevin’s mob has still not elected a woman leader in its history.
“And the Tories have voted in two women who have both become prime ministers.
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“Misogyny is about not having any type of women, the Labour Party has got a real problem with women which is why they still haven’t elected a woman leader.”
GMB host Susanna Reid could be heard in the background making reference to the anti-semitism row which has engulfed the Labour Party.
Mr Maguire bit back and said: “Before you suffer vertigo from standing on your moral molehill, just acknowledge everything that Boris Johnson has said…”
Mr Pierce interrupted and said the conversation was focused on Ms Rayner before claiming she was referring to Tory voters in her rant and not the prime minister.
He added Ms Rayner “changed her story” as Mr Maguire struggled to get a word in.
Mr Maguire then brought up comments made by North Wiltshire MP James Grey who “joked” about placing a bomb in Labour Chair Anneliese Dodds’ office.
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In the WhatsApp group, Conservative MP for High Peak Rob Largan, asked: “Does anybody know where Anneliese Dodds’ Commons office is based? I need to deliver something to her office.”
Mr Gray replied: “A bomb, perhaps?”
Ms Rayner was asked on Sunday morning if she would retract the remarks or apologise for them.
But the Labour deputy leader stood by her words and told the BBC: “I think he needs to apologise for comments he has made in the past.
“I will apologise when Boris apologises for saying the comments he has made, I will retract that he is scum.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer appeared on the Andrew Marr Show and tried to distance himself away from the comments.
He told the programme: “Angela and I take a different approach and that is not the language I would have used.”
During an interview with LBC, Jeremy Corbyn the former Labour Leader addressed Ms Rayner’s comments.
He said: “Angela uses her own words, she’s absolutely right to attack this government for the way it’s treating people in our society.
“Britain now has more food banks than branches of McDonald’s, more children living in poverty, greater levels of inequality than ever before in my lifetime, and Angela’s right to go after Tories.”
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