General election 2019: Jeremy Corbyn heckled at Glasgow campaign event

Jeremy Corbyn was heckled by a member of the public in Glasgow today as he made his first campaign stop on a two-day visit to Scotland.

Arriving at Scotstoun community centre in the west of the city, Mr Corbyn was asked: “Do you think the man who is going to be prime minister of this country should be a terrorist sympathiser?”

He continued: “Who is going to be the first terrorist invited to the House of Commons when you are prime minister?”

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Mr Corbyn did not respond and was ushered inside the venue by party colleagues.

Mr Corbyn was heckled on a visit to Glasgow todayMr Corbyn was heckled on a visit to Glasgow today
Mr Corbyn was heckled on a visit to Glasgow today

The member of the public later identified himself as the Rev. Richard Cameron, a local Church of Scotland minister.

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The incident did not disrupt Mr Corbyn’s planned speech. Speaking to a room full of activists and Labour candidates, he said: “We have an industrial plan for Scotland and we will develop jobs and industries in sustainable ways.

“I want to lead a Labour government in the UK who will work with a Scottish Labour government to develop the economy in Scotland.”

He continued: “This is a general election where there is a simple choice about the government you want in Westminster - it’s either going to be a Conservative government, or a Labour government. Nobody else is going to form a government.

“Our manifesto will be coming out shortly and it will be inspiring in so many ways. I’ve got draft copies - but I’m not allowed to show you. It got leaked last time (in 2017) - I promise it wasn’t from me. But I am grateful as it gave everyone a sneak preview.

“But what it will mean is that in Scotland we will be investing £77bn in capital investment projects in a green industrial revolution. In jobs for the future, in hopes for young people.

“It will also be dealing with the grotesque levels of inequality that exist across the UK.”

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Responding to the comments made by one of its ministers today, the Church of Scotland said it was an organisation with “a long history of engaging with politicians through a number of different channels”.

A spokesperson added: “Whilst we may occasionally robustly challenge policy issues with which we disagree, we always intend to do that in a way that is polite and measured and allows for reasoned debate.”