Johnson claims Labor’s Nandy “wanted to abolish” an army – Channel 4 News

Boris Johnson reiterated a claim in the House of Commons about worker Lisa Nandy, who was ruled “inaccurate” by the independent press regulator in June.

In an exchange with the deputy leader of the opposition, Angela Rayner, the prime minister said yesterday: “I think the Rt. Hon. Lady actually wanted to abolish the army” and “she wanted to abolish the army, the woman sitting next to her, Mr. Speaker “. Miss Nandy was next to Mrs. Rayner on the front bench at the time.

In December 2020, the shadow foreign minister appeared at the online launch event for a report by Open Labor, a so-called “soft left” campaign group affiliated with the party, which proposed what it called “progressive foreign policy for new times”. .

In January 2021, the Sun newspaper published an article titled “Labor’s Lisa Backs Scrap Army Report”, and an online piece titled “Liability Lisa: Labor’s Lisa Nandy in fresh ‘wake’ row over abolishing Army and” reconsidering “Britain atom sub-fleet”.

The following month, Open Labor complained to the press guard, IPSO, about the Sun’s coverage.

In June, the regulator found that “there was a breach of Clause 1 (i)” of the Draft Code, which relates to accuracy.

IPSO wrote: “the headline states that the pamphlet called for the armed forces to be“ rubbish ”.[ped]”And“ abolish[ed]”gave the strong impression that it was proposing to get rid of the traditional military altogether.”

“This was inaccurate,” the watchdog said, “because the pamphlet clearly stated that the proposed human security force would still retain a military element and that military force may still need to be used for defensive or other limited purposes.”

We contacted Downing Street to ask why Mr. Johnson repeated the claim in the Commons today. We haven’t heard yet, but we’ll update this article if we do.

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