Salmond's Staunch Defence Of Corbyn Over Brexit

29 June 2016, 17:27

In the first Alex Salmond Phone-In since the EU Referendum, Alex Salmond has given strong backing to Jeremy Corbyn staying on as Labour leader.

Asked how much responsibility Jeremy Corbyn bore for the Leave vote, Salmond's answer was unequivocal: "Virtually none."

So where does the blame lie? With the media and David Cameron, said Salmond.

"I think it's probably true that there's a bit of criticism that he could have done a bit more in terms of participation in the campaign," said the former First Minister of Scotland.

"But that should be slightly modified in the sense that the press were only really interested in internal Tory party struggles."

Salmond also took aim at David Cameron, saying the outgoing Conservative Party leader had persuaded less of his core vote to get out than Corbyn had.

"Corbyn carried a lot more of his support than Cameron carried of Conservative support.

"It's true of course that one of the features was...in key working class areas, it's quite clear the Labour Party have lost touch with their electoral base, but whether you can put that down to the last year of Jeremy Corbyn or whether you can put it down to the last 30 years of New Labour...it's a reasonable judgment."

James O'Brien

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