Thursday, 30 November 2017

Corbyn's Labour

A Labour MP, Tulip Siddiq, became involved in a bizarre dispute with Channel 4 News after being asked perfectly reasonable questions about her family connections to Bangladesh. 

During the encounter, Siddiq is reported as saying: 

"Are you implying that I’m a Bangladeshi politician?" which seemed to deny any involvement in Bangladeshi politics.

Yet the MP's website had previously described Siddiq as a 'spokeswoman for the Awami League' (a major Bangladeshi political party) and that she had traveled to Russia with her aunt and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for a political meeting with President Vladimir Putin. 

Corbyn's Labour Party is full of strange people and political ideologues these days, but read the Guardian's account of this unedifying spat via the link below.

Channel 4 News complains to Labour over Tulip Siddiq's 'threat'

MP made a comment about a producer having a difficult childbirth after facing questions about a man held in Bangladesh

By Jamie Grierson - The Guardian

Channel 4 News has complained to the Labour party after one of its MPs, Tulip Siddiq, made a comment about one of its producers having a difficult childbirth.

In a report on the confrontation, the Channel 4 News reporter Alex Thomson called Siddiq’s comments “apparently threatening”.

The programme’s editor, Ben de Pear, later said he had complained to the MP and the Labour party. He said Siddiq had responded by complaining to the police about Channel 4 News.

Thomson tried to ask Siddiq about the case of Ahmad bin Quasem, a British-trained barrister in prison in Bangladesh, while she was at a rally in support of a jailed British-Iranian woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Siddiq has family connections with the government in Bangladesh, where her aunt is prime minister, and Channel 4 News said it had previously attempted to contact her about the case of Bin Quasem, who human rights organisations say was abducted by state security forces.

After taking questions from Thomson’s producer, Daisy Ayliffe, who is pregnant, Siddiq, who is a member of the women and equalities committee, walked away from the camera and said: “Thanks Daisy for coming. Hope you have a great birth because child labour is hard.”

Siddiq repeatedly asked Thomson whether Bin Quasem was a British citizen or a resident of Hampstead, which he is neither.

Before the comment to Ayliffe, Siddiq said to Thomson: “I’m a Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, I’m a British member of parliament. Be very careful.

“I’m not Bangladeshi and the person you are talking about, I have no idea about their case. That is the end of my statement.”