Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's statement on Venezuela, leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:
"Labour have again failed to condemn President Maduro as he slides his country closer to dictatorship. It remains a source of fascination that the far left see what is happening in Venezuela as some kind of role model for British politics.
"The whole idea that Chavez and his successor could serve as a dry run for government in the UK is absolutely horrifying.
"Venezuela is facing a complete economic collapse with hyperinflation and chronic shortages of basic necessities. This is essentially a rich country slipping into deep poverty, all the while eroding democratic institutions and the rule of law.
"The leadership of the Labour Party must make it abundantly clear that they have ended their infatuation with the Venezuelan regime."