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Jeremy Corbyn tried to ostracise me from Armagh family, says Labour MP McGinn

Published 22/08/2016

Labour MP Conor McGinn
Labour MP Conor McGinn

Northern Ireland-born MP Conor McGinn who said Jeremy Corbyn considered calling his father over comments made in an interview in a bid to silence him has claimed the Labour leader was attempting to "ostracise" him from his family and the south Armagh community.

Early this year Labour whip Conor McGinn, originally from Camlough, claimed that the party leader had considered using his father - the former Sinn Fein Mayor of Armagh Pat McGinn - in an attempt to "apply pressure" on him following public criticism of Mr Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn's office dismissed the claims as "untrue".

Speaking to the BBC on Monday, the St Helens MP told said: "The modus operandi that [Jeremy Corbyn] and the people around him were trying to do, involving my family, was to isolate and ostracise me from them and from the community I am very proud to come from - which is an Irish, nationalist community in south Armagh."

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Earlier Mr McGinn said the leader had contemplated the action against him after a critical interview in May when he suggested that Mr Corbyn needed to understand that his Islington constituency in north London - often seen as a bastion of support for radical causes like unilateral nuclear disarmament - was "not like the rest of the country".

McGinn accused his party leader of hypocrisy for talking about a "kinder, gentler politics" when "he had proposed using my family against me".

He said: "The leader of the Labour Party was proposing to address an issue with one of his own MPs by ringing his dad."

He suggested that Mr Corbyn considered calling his father because he is a Sinn Fein representative and thought they may "share a political affinity".

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