Jo Swinson criticises Jeremy Corbyn for not working with Remain alliance
- Credit: PA
Jo Swinson has criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for not joining the Liberal Democrats in an anti-Tory coalition.
Swinson was visiting Doncaster charity Stainforth4All to meet volunteers who were helping victims of the recent flooding.
She used the visit to pledge £5bn in flood defences funding that could be used by local authorities to improve protection.
Answering media questions she defended politicians making visits to the flood-hit areas as part of the election trail.
She said: "I think it's important, whether there's an election or not, when things like this happen, for leaders to come and listen and to understand what is happening in communities."
You may also want to watch:
She added the issue was neccessary because the climate emergency is making events more common.
Asked about the calls for the Lib Dems to work with Labour following the Brexit Party's informal alliance with the Conservatives Swinson criticised Jeremy Corbyn for not working with the Lib Dem leadership on the matter.
She said: "I've worked with Labour MPs who want to stop Brexit in parliament, but unfortunately the Labour leadership doesn't want to stop Brexit and when the Unite to Remain alliance was put together they approached the Labour party who said absolutely not.
- 1 Tory MP blames 'chaotic parents' for children going to school hungry
- 2 Boris Johnson 'hid in bedroom' to avoid grilling on Brexit stance days before becoming PM
- 3 Danny Dyer praised for criticisms of Tory party - pointing out Etonians can't run the country
- 4 George Osborne says it is 'game over' for Boris Johnson over free school meals
- 5 Tory MP says policies no longer match 'principles on which millions have backed us'
- 6 UKIP set to select 'Dr Gammons' as candidate for London mayoral election
- 7 Liz Truss' department slammed for false claim about cost of soy sauce after Brexit
- 8 Andy Burnham could have been 'halfway through tenure as PM by now', claims commentator
- 9 Minister sparks concerns about pig semen after Brexit
- 10 Brexiteer in lockdown denial over 49% drop in constituency Covid-19 cases
"If you look at this election, the Liberal Democrats are the party best placed to win seats from the Conservatives. The Labour party is way down in the polls compared to two years ago. They are going to be struggling to hold onto the seats that they have. They're not going to be winning seats from the Tories. The Lib Dems can win seats from the Conservatives. A huge number of our target seats are against the Conservatives."
But Swinson continues to oppose working with Jeremy Corbyn after the election, telling reporters last week: "I am absolutely, categorically ruling out Liberal Democrat votes putting Jeremy Corbyn into No 10.
She added: "On so many grounds, Jeremy Corbyn is not fit for the job of prime minister".
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.