Jeremy Corbyn booed for standing up for the poorest on climate change

Metro Politics 2 weeks ago

There has been a backlash against audience members in last night’s ITV debate who heckled Jeremy Corbyn when he talked about climate change.

The Labour leader was asked if the environment was the biggest issue facing voters at the General Election next month.

He replied: ‘It is the biggest issue facing the whole world.’

There was relative silence, but then people started booing when he said that ‘the poorest people in the poorest countries lose out because of flooding and unusual weather patterns’.

One man shouted: ‘Oh here we go!’ while others groaned and laughed.

Mr Corbyn continued: ‘When we have unusual weather patterns in this country, when we have extreme levels of air pollution, we have to have a green industrial revolution, when we invest for the future in sustainable industries and jobs and prevent the continuing damage to the natural world and our environment.’

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He was booed for talking about climate change affecting the poorest most (Picture: PA)

The response of the audience faced strong criticism on social media, with some incredulous that his comments drew such a reaction.

Journalist James Murray tweeted: ‘It was obviously an incredibly bleak moment. A real time example of how little concern some people have for the fate of others.’

Twitter user Francesca said: ‘Can’t believe when Jeremy Corbyn started talking about how the poorest people will be affected most by climate change the audience were heckling. WHERE IS THE LIE!?’

Matthew Devine wrote: ‘Comments made from audience members in that debate were vile and disgusting.

‘When Jeremy Corbyn referenced how climate change affects the poorest in society audience members replied with “here we go again.” Absolutely shameful and no excuse.’

ITV have been contacted for comment.

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