- Jeremy Corbyn accuses Tory MPs of ‘crying crocodile tears’ after tragedies
- He said: ‘Thanking the emergency services for all their work, we all do that … but the difference is that we also believe they should be paid properly’
- It came after the Labour leader paid tribute to the Tolpuddle Martyrs in Dorset
- The 19th century group was punished for forming a trade union and deported
- They were protesting their meagre pay – the equivalent of 30 pence per week
- It sparked a global uprising of the working class and they were eventually freed
Jeremy Corbyn has accused Tory MPs of ‘crying crocodile tears’ after the Grenfell Tower disaster and recent terror attacks while paying tribute to the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
He also blasted the Tories for voting against a Labour amendment which proposed ending the public sector pay freeze at the beginning of this Parliament.
Speaking today at a ceremony to commemorate the Martyrs – who in the 19th century were punished for forming what is thought to be the first trade union – a furious Mr Corbyn said: ‘The DUP and the Tories got together and voted down our proposal – so they wish to continue that public sector pay cap.
‘I get so sick of Tory MPs lining up with crocodile tears for those who have helped out in the most terrible circumstances such as the fire in Grenfell Tower, the crisis in Manchester when the bombing went off there, in London Bridge and in Finsbury Park.
Jeremy Corbyn has paid tribute to the Tolpuddle Martyrs who he says ‘lit a spark that spread around the world’
‘Thanking the emergency services for all their work, we all do that, we admire them, we applaud them, we recognise the dangers they put themselves in so that the rest of us may be safe.
‘But the difference is that we also believe they should be paid properly for doing the work that they do.’
It came just hours after Chancellor Philip Hammond lashed out at Cabinet rivals who briefed against him, accusing them of trying to undermine his efforts to secure a ‘softer’ Brexit deal.
As tensions at the top of the Government spilled out into the open, Mr Hammond warned fellow ministers to focus on ‘the job in hand’ rather than leak details of confidential discussions.