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11 December 2019 08:39

Sajid Javid Hugh Grant Margaret Thatcher

Mr Ashworth was appearing on the BBC's Politics Live as the election 2019 campaign reaches its final stages this week. Host Jo Coburn asked the Shadow Health Secretary if it concerned him that a photo of a sick child was being used as an election stunt to score political points. Mr Ashworth was forced to defend the move as he was accused of "just doing this for votes". Ms Corburn said: "Are you comfortable with this? Are you making political points?

"The mother of the child has complained to the press regulator that she didn't want her son's medical treatment being used in this way. "You are just doing this for votes!" But Mr Ashworth insisted he was not. READ MORE: Corbyn humiliation: Labour leader condemned by OWN front-bencher Labour's Jonathan Ashworth grilled over NHS row Labour Party row erupts on BBC He said: "No, no. I want to turn around the NHS because I do not want anyone's relative to be languishing on a trolley in a hospital." Ms Corburn fired back: "But you have upset this boy's mother!" The debate came as the Labour chief was facing questions over Labour's claim about bed numbers being cut back in the NHS. Jeremy Corbyn's party say they are working to cut waiting times and boost mental health services.

BBC News: Iain Dale was on the panel on Tuesday Labour Party manifesto 2019 Video A conversation between Labour's Jonathan Ashworth and a friend has been leaked to and published by Tory-supporting website Guido Fawkes. Mr Ashworth insisted his apparent criticism of Jeremy Corbyn in a secret recording by his Tory activist friend was "banter". In this excerpt from the phone call - made more than a week ago - Mr Ashworth is heard saying he did not believe Labour would win the election, describing the situation for colleagues campaigning in the north of England as "dire". Mr Ashworth says the recording has been selectively leaked, and doesn't reflect the whole conversation. We've noticed you're adblocking.

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