Senior Labour figures have accused Rishi Sunak of a “determined and pathetic” assault after he claimed the occasion was “on the similar facet” as legal gangs trafficking folks to the UK.
Shadow frontbencher Jim McMahon hit out at the prime minister, accusing him of getting in “the gutter”.
The livid row erupted simply days after sources made clear Mr Sunak meant to launch a extra aggressive political marketing campaign round points like immigration, on which the Conservatives see Labour as weak.
The brand new technique comes after final week’s disastrous by-election losses led to warnings the prime minister is “doomed to lose energy” if he doesn’t change course.
However the row over the prime minister’s language dangers echoing the outcry over Labour’s assault adverts which claimed the PM doesn’t suppose baby intercourse abusers ought to go to jail, and which additionally led to accusations of “gutter politics”.
In a tweet, Mr Sunak stated: “The Labour Occasion, a subset of attorneys, legal gangs – they’re all on the similar facet, propping up a system of exploitation that income from getting folks to the UK illegally. I’ve a plan to cease it.”
He was supported by the vitality safety secretary Grant Shapps, who tweeted: “Labour appear to need legal gangs and misleading attorneys to resolve who involves the UK – that is why they tried to dam each vote on stopping the boats.”
Hitting again Mr McMahon stated: “When all else is misplaced, the solely place you might have is the gutter.”
He added: “Poor sure. Determined and pathetic from Sunak too.”
Labour MP Chris Bryant, who chairs the Commons requirements committee, additionally condemned the Prime Minister’s language. “In his desperation he has plumbed a brand new depth,” he stated.
Mr Sunak’s tweet adopted a narrative in the Each day Mail which alleged that quite a lot of solicitors had supplied to assist an undercover reporter posing as an financial migrant submit a faux software, in return for hundreds of kilos.