PUBLISHED: 11:20, Mon, Dec 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 11:27, Mon, Dec 16, 2019
Caroline Flint lost her core Labour seat in Don Valley after 22 years last week and has since claimed Ms Thornberry described voters in the north “stupid”. Ms Thornberry, who is believed to be eyeing a bid to succeed Mr Corbyn, was forced to deny the "total and utter lie" on Sunday and was understood to be consulting lawyers. Speaking to Sky News, she said: “One of my former colleagues came out and said the most extraordinary lies about me.
“I’ve contacted her and I’ve said to her please withdraw, I will give you until the end of the day and she hasn’t.
“So I’ve had to go to solicitors.
“People can slag me off, ok? So long as its true I’ll take it on the chin.
“But they can’t make up s*** about me and if they do I have to take it to the courts.”
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Emily Thornberry has said “people can’t make up s*** about her” (Image: SKY)
It comes as Ms Flint claimed Ms Thornberry had told a colleague: "I'm glad my constituents aren't as stupid as yours."
The row came as shadow chancellor John McDonnell tried to take the flak for the defeat, saying "I own this disaster", and as Mr Corbyn also apologised for Labour's worst result since 1935.
Ms Flint told Sky News on Sunday: “We shouldn’t take it for granted