Dave Carter, 51, is joining scores of others in Labour heartlands who are turning their backs on the party due to being fed up with the leadership. Mr Austin, a life-long Labour MP and Gordon Brown’s closest ally, who quit the party earlier this year, said yesterday Mr Corbyn was “completely unfit” to be Prime Minister and lead the party. And one voter in Mr Austin’s Dudley constituency said he couldn’t vote for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn due to his record on anti-semitism, and Diane Abbott’s bungling.
Dave Carter, 51, a toy shop owner from the Lower Gornall area told Express.co.uk: “I agree with Ian Austin. I’ve voted Labour for thirty years but couldn’t as long as Corbyn is leader.
“I think he’s ignored anti-Semitism and done nothing about it.
“And another issue is Diane Abbott. She can’t count a potato.
“I voted remain but I’ve changed my mind now. I just want to get on with leaving.
“I’ll see who I’ll vote for. I’m not sure about the Brexit Party because I don’t know what they’ll do beyond Brexit.”
It comes as Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott was pulled up on her figures again during the general election campaign trail.
In a tweet about Ian Austin’s decision to not back Labour, Ms Abbott said: “Ian Austin, 1 year as a junior minister at DCLG, says he won’t vote for Labour. Wall-to-wall coverage.
“Ken Clarke, 9 years as Secretary of State, including as Chancellor, says he won’t vote for the Conservatives. Silence. Balanced election coverage?”
Mr Clarke has spent 11 years – not nine – as Secretary of State, serving 16 years in total in Cabinet.
And it was also pointed out Mr Clarke had never said he would vote Mr Corbyn, nor urged Tory voters not to vote for Mr Johnson.
Ms Abbott made a number of errors in the last election campaign in 2017, repeatedly stumbling over the cost of hiring new police officers.
During an interview with radio station LBC her estimates ranged from £300,000 to £80million.
And she said Labour would recruit 25,000 new police officers before changing the number to 250,000.
During the interview she said: “Well, if we recruit the 10,000 police men and women over a four-year period, we believe it will be about £300,000.”
Presenter Nick Ferrari replied: “£300,000 for 10,000 police officers? How much are you paying them?”
Ms Abbott said: “No, I mean, sorry, they will cost, it will cost about, about £80 million.”
With Mr Ferrari replying: “About £80 million? How do you get to that figure?”
Ms Abbott answered: “We get to that figure because we anticipate recruiting 25,000 extra police officers a year at least over a period of four years.
“And we are looking at both what average police wages are generally but also specifically police wages in London.”
Steel worker David Tinsley, 61, of Dudley added to Mr Carter’s feeling on the Labour Party. He said: “I always voted Labour, since I’ve been old enough to vote.
“But I’ll never vote for Labour while Corbyn’s in charge. He has stopped Brexit. We need to get Brexit done and move on.
“I’ll vote Brexit Party or Conservative for the first time.
“Ian Austin was a good MP. I’d vote Labour again if they get a new leader, but they need to change policies. Corbyn would ruin the country and spend all our money.”
His wife Joyce Tinsley, 60, a sewing machinist, added: “I think the same as my husband. I’ll never vote Labour while Corbyn’s in charge.
“Labour have been trying to stop Brexit, so I’ll probably vote Brexit party.”
In a series of emotional interviews yesterday, Mr Austin said: “After 34 years, I joined the Labour Party as a teenager, I worked for the Labour Party, in my 30s I was a Government advisor, in my 40s I was an MP and a minister.
“So it’s really come to something when I tell decent, traditional, patriotic Labour voters that they should be voting for Boris Johnson at this election.”
He added: “I don’t think his a patriot and I don’t think he loves his country. I think he always picks our country’s enemies, whether that is the IRA during the Troubles or describing Hamas as his friends.
“Or parroting Putin propaganda when the Russian send people to murder people on the streets of Britain.
“I just think this man is unfit to lead the country.
“I don’t need to be promised anything to know that Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to run our country.
“I was saying this back in 2015, look at the economic issues. I think their economic policies will make our country worse. Worse off and not better off.
“I think they would chase away investment, I think they would put businesses and jobs at risk.
“I think their Brexit policy is a complete fantasy.”
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