It is hard to believe this story about Labour’s rebels turning to David Miliband for help.
None of the sources are named, which means there’s probably no substance to it at all.
The concept is, of course, absolutely hilarious.
David Miliband didn’t win in 2010 under the old ‘electoral college’ system.
Now that his brother has changed the system to ‘one member, one vote’ – and we’ve all discovered that the membership are far more left-wing than the MPs who empowered them – he would have even less of a chance.
The idea of him winning a leadership challenge is, therefore, laughable.
The story is also heartbreaking, for two reasons.
First, it suggests that the Labour right-wingers are so divorced from reality that they think such a plan might work. If so, they are living in a past that is now long gone, and it is heartbreaking to think that members of the supposedly ‘progressive’ party are that backward.
Second, the idea of slotting him into the Batley and Spen seat vacated due to the killing of Jo Cox is cynical to the level of sickness.
The other main political parties have indicated they will not contest the seat, because of the way it fell vacant, meaning any Labour candidate would have a free ticket into Parliament.
It indicates that these right-wingers feel they can easily ‘parachute’ Mr Miliband into Batley and Spen, overriding the wishes of the local Labour Party, simply in order to put up another leadership challenger against Jeremy Corbyn, in defiance of the democratic choice of the wider Labour Party.
The suggestion that, after all their previous attacks on party democracy, these power-hungry wretches will spit on the memory of a much-lamented colleague to attack democracy again, is actually worse than heartbreaking.
It is humiliating – for them.
Labour MPs are appealing to David Miliband to return to UK politics in a desperate bid to oust Jeremy Corbyn .
Senior backbenchers want Miliband, who quit politics to run a charity in the US, back here as quickly as possible.
And they say one possible route would be for him to stand in the Batley and Spen seat left empty by the killing of Jo Cox.
No date has been set for a by-election but rumours are growing that the solid Labour seat would be ideal for Miliband.
One backbencher said: “It’s something that is being looked at. This would give David time to get back into the swing of Parliament, build up his profile and then mount a leadership challenge.
“A lot of people think he’d be the perfect solution.”
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