LIB DEMS have resorted to extraordinary red scare tactics as they continue to lose support to Labour, the Morning Star can reveal.
The party’s average polling has declined from 10.5 per cent when the snap election was called to just 7.9 per cent by May 27.
In a desperate attempt to grapple back votes, one leaflet issued by the party is emblazoned with a hammer and sickle, and says the Labour leader would be “soft on terrorism” and “scrap Nato in the face of Russian aggression.”
The leaflet, which has been issued to constituents in Chippenham, asks: “Who supports Jeremy Corbyn? The British Communist party [sic] has no candidates in this election in the hope of a Jeremy Corbyn victory.”
Chippenham Labour candidate Andy Newman hit out at the flier. “This particular leaflet might be an extreme example, but the Lib Dems seem to have concentrated more criticism on Corbyn than on the Tories,” he told the Star.
“The Lib Dems seem all at sea when there is a real choice for the electorate of a proper Labour vision.
“It shows how misguided it is for those who think the Lib Dems are part of a ‘progressive alliance’.”
Communist Party international secretary John Foster said: “It is no surprise that the Lib Dems have resorted to trying to whip up a red scare when their own record — in government and in opposition — is so abysmal.
“Jeremy Corbyn opposed Britain’s disastrous military intervention in Libya at a time when the Lib Dems were in government. They can lecture no-one on security.” The Liberal Democrats did not respond to a request for comment.