He also means you, Simon Danczuk, even though you’re not in the shadow cabinet! It goes for you, Tristram Hunt – and you Mike Gapes. You, Chris Leslie, and you Caroline Flint.
And you, Graham Jones.
UPDATE November 14: And now you, John Woodcock and Ian Austin.
You have all spoken out of turn. Now shape up – or ship out.
Labour must “get its act together” so it can defend low-paid workers who are facing the most concerted attack on their living standards in a generation, the head of the UK’s biggest public service union has said.
Dave Prentis, the general secretary of Unison, said it was unacceptable that while tens of thousands of teaching assistants, carers and support workers were worrying about how they were going to “put food on the table” because of the government’s austerity programme, members of the shadow cabinet were indulging in infighting.
“Right now, our members – many of them low-paid women – are lying awake at night, wondering whether they will have a job in a few months or fretting about how they are going to feed their children once the tax credit cuts hit,” he said. “Meanwhile, we have a Labour party which does not seem to be focused on standing up for them. Labour cannot afford to degenerate into infighting.”
The warning follows a series of statements and briefings by the party’s MPs, which critics say have been intended to undermine the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. In the latest case, Maria Eagle, speaking on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, backed the head of the armed forces when he voiced opposition to the Labour leader’s position on Trident nuclear weapons.
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