This Writer doesn’t think anyone continuing to challenge Jeremy Corbyn after the end of the current leader election needs to fear deselection.
They could be ejected from the party for actions calculated to harm its reputation.
There are clear rules against attempts to disrupt the party from within. To be honest, it is amazing that some of the agitators – check their names in George Eaton’s New Statesman article – aren’t gone already.
MPs said that further leadership challenges were likely before anyone gave serious consideration to a split. But one added: “If, however, the hard left pursued deselections then those ejected from their own party would most likely feel compelled into a separate party option, which really would be a disastrous split. Unless that’s what McDonnell meant by ‘so be it’.” The shadow chancellor is alleged by leadership candidate Owen Smith to have “shrugged his shoulders and said ‘If that’s what it takes'” when privately challenged on whether he was prepared to split Labour (a claim described by McDonnell as “complete rubbish”).
Corbyn’s opponents believe that some MPs will follow shadow Home Office minister Sarah Champion and return to the frontbench if he wins the contest. But most of the 172 who backed the no confidence motion have no intention of doing so. “We’ve crossed the Rubicon, there’s no going back,” said Streeting. “This is irreparable while Jeremy remains leader.”
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