Lord Kerslake will head the review into Labour’s internal structures [Image: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian].

Lord Kerslake will head the review into Labour’s internal structures [Image: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian].


Considering the state of the Conservative Party at the moment, it is prudent for Jeremy Corbyn to ensure that his party is in a position to take advantage, if an election is called.

Still, the Graun can’t stop itself trying to stick the knife in. This article refers to Andrew Fisher’s appointment as director of police as “a consolidation of the grip of the party’s far-left on senior jobs”.

There is no “far-left” of the Labour Party. This report would have you believe the Communists have taken over when all that’s happened is the arrival of some people who believe in a mixed economy rather than the unregulated market-driven mess we have today.

And the attempt to drive a wedge between Fisher and those who were in the shadow cabinet before last year’s election is risible.

Is it really disrespectful of Fisher to attend policy meetings involving people he has described as “the most abject collection of complete shite”?

It could be argued that he was being over-respectful, after their miserable performance in 2015.

Jeremy Corbyn has asked Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, to carry out a review of Labour’s internal structures as part of a package of measures aimed at putting the party on a war footing in case of an early general election.

Kerslake is expected to report within weeks on the relationships between Corbyn’s office, the shadow cabinet and the party at large, with a view to making Labour’s machinery work more smoothly.

Andrew Fisher, the leader’s leftwing adviser, will become director of policy as part of the shift, which will be seen as a consolidation of the grip of the party’s far-left on senior jobs.

Simon Fletcher, the veteran party operator and close ally of Ken Livingstone, has been given the task of readying Labour to fight elections as director of campaigns and planning.

Some Labour MPs have become increasingly alarmed at the prospect of a snap general election if the Conservatives are destabilised by party divisions over the EU referendum.

The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act should mean no general election until 2020; but it can be overturned by a two-thirds majority in the House of Commons.

Source: Corbyn orders review to ready Labour for potential snap election | Politics | The Guardian

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