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“I’ve never known a campaign with such vitriol, such bullying, such intimidation,” says the ousted Labor MP

One of the few, but significant, Labor casualties at the general election was Jonathan Ashworth, who was the MP for Leicester South and a familiar face to the public.

He lost his seat to an independent candidate, Shockat Adam, who was extremely critical of Labor for not doing enough, in his view, to oppose the Israeli government’s actions in Gaza.

We spoke to him a short time ago, he said he is “delighted we have a Labor government”, but is “obviously disappointed to have lost my constituency in pretty brutal circumstances”.

He continued: “I have never known a campaign with such vitriol, such bullying, such intimidation.

“I have never seen an MP, Shockat Adam Patel, elected on the basis of a vile and vile lie that I was responsible for the genocide, that I had the blood of the children of Gaza on my hands.”

He accused Adam’s supporters of “bullying and intimidating myself and my most important supporters in the streets”.

Ashworth also hit out at his successor for not answering questions about his campaign, saying it is “very disrespectful to the people of Leicester South”.

“He’s focused on keeping his head down and escaping scrutiny. He should sit in this chair and answer simple, straight questions about how his campaign is being run.”

Ashworth added that he was not the only one to be subjected to “intimidation” during the campaign, noting that Justice Minister Shabana Mahmood and Home Affairs Minister Jess Phillips both spoke out in detail about their experiences.

A spokesperson for Shockat Adam told Sky News last night: “Shockat was elected by a diverse coalition of voters in Leicester South.

“He is focused on delivering for his constituents and will not be distracted by sour grapes from a beaten rival whose divisive policies were resoundingly rejected at the ballot box.”

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