Jeremy Corbyn tightens party discipline after Trident row

He gave his critics enough rope to hang themselves, and now he’s cracking the whip.

It is exactly the right thing for Jeremy Corbyn to do to his dissenting MPs.

Let’s hope that any further – unauthorised and/or inflammatory – comments lead to serious action against the Member making them.

We’ve all had enough of unscrupulous backstabbers who aren’t willing to accept the democratic decision of the Labour Party membership.

It’s time for them to get in line – or get out.

Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out over party discipline to the shadow cabinet after the shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle appeared to back the head of the armed forces when the general criticised the Labour leader’s position on Trident.

According to several party sources, Corbyn made it clear that disputes must not be carried out so publicly in future, as he addressed his weekly shadow cabinet meeting.

The Labour leader also reminded his colleagues that media statements must be cleared through his office and asserted that there must be stronger collective responsibility.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn speaks to shadow cabinet over party discipline after Trident row | Politics | The Guardian

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14 thoughts on “Jeremy Corbyn tightens party discipline after Trident row

  1. Aelfy

    I sent her an email and left a note on her page,when all this was made public. I am so glad that she did not get the deputy leader position! (sadly I actually voted for her! Shame on me)

  2. Mr.Angry

    I totally agree with him, some members don’t appear to accept they still display to many right wing mannerisms . It is not what voters want to hear any more we have all had enough.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        They’ll want it too, I’m willing to bet.
        We all know you’re a Tory and you want to run down Labour and its efforts, but don’t try to claim any superior knowledge in that regard.

      2. fathomie

        Party fall outs in public are a short cut to electoral failure. The Tories got themselves into a public spat over Europe in 72-74 and lost the 74 election. Labour spent nearly a decade arguing amongst themselves between 82-92 and spend that time out of office as a result. The Tories fell out over Europe between 93-97′ and were given an almighty thumping as a reward. With Europe still hanging over them, and with weak leadership allowing back stairs rows to continue they were out until 2010. Only winning power in 2015. Sadly, no matter how useless your policies, if you show a united front the public will vote for you. If you don’t well…

  3. hayfords

    This is a topic that may trigger the demise of Corbyn. The likelihood is that the Commons will vote for Trident renewal. Accepting Trident looks like becoming Labour party policy. It could be impossible to be leader of Labour with a view contrary to that.

    The article linked to above in the Guardian continues:-

    But some shadow cabinet members have told the Guardian that they are not happy about having to show Corbyn such discipline when they believe he has strayed from positions on issues such as remaining open-minded about Trident, as well as the fact he was one of the most rebellious MPs in parliament as a backbencher.

    Trident is a particularly difficult subject for Labour because Corbyn was elected on a mandate of opposing renewal of the nuclear deterrent, but the party’s national policy currently supports it, as do many in his shadow cabinet including Eagle, Tom Watson, the deputy leader, and Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It won’t end Corbyn’s leadership.
      While Corbyn was indeed an extremely rebellious backbencher, Corbyn never made a song and dance about it, unlike the right-wingers now. That’s where they lack discipline.
      If Corbyn’s election was based on his opposition of Trident, then clearly the grassroots Labour Party opposes it as well and – again – the right-wingers are in the wrong.
      National policy is, as you well know, under review. Corbyn hasn’t said anywhere that he will not support the decision of the party.

      1. hayfords

        He has very clearly said he won’t support the decision of his party. He has said that he would not press the buttton to use Trident. If that is not opposing his party’s decision then I don’t know what is.

  4. Harry

    I comprehend that it is the case that we live currently in a post-democratic corporatocracy, but, good form, even if for appearances only would dictate that these “MP’s” would consult there constituents in order to determine how to proceed. Have British politicians forgotten that they are paid by us, merely to represent us. I for one do not want Trident. Or any other nuclear insanity in this country.

  5. Edward Wilson

    Scrapping Trident would be the ultimate downfall of the UK. It is the ONLY sure detterent from Nuclear attack. You fight “Sabre rattling” with “Sabre rattling”

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