Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is making his position clear, as the UK political scene quietens down for Christmas: Grassroots members are not out of line; his Parliamentary opponents are a minority; and it’s time for Labour to come together.
It’s a good message: Togetherness at Christmas.
The message, delivered in a Sunday Times interview, makes it clear that he won’t tolerate any criticism of grassroots members who have expressed dissatisfaction with dissenting MPs.
Those Parliamentarians are upset because their decisions – to attack Corbyn in the press, to support the Conservative Party over air strikes in Syria – have been roundly condemned by the party at large. They seem to think their choices should be above criticism.
Corbyn is telling them, “No”.
They aren’t above criticism; they do need to consider the repercussions of their actions among the wider Labour Party and their own constituencies in particular.
Conversely, they shouldn’t need to fear deselection at this time – as he has already said. This is probably more than he can promise. Labour members have long memories and will be making notes in the run-up to the next round of selections.
But then, Corbyn is asking the rebels in his Parliamentary party to come back into the fold; accept the new order and contribute their talents toward it. If they don’t, he may change his mind.
The BBC, of course, Tory mouthpiece that it is, has concentrated on Angela Eagle’s apparent failure to show support for the Labour leader. It’s a complete non-story that does nothing other than reinforce the fact that the BBC newsgathering staff must be purged of pro-Tory political bias.
Asked if he expected to lead the party in the 2020 general election campaign, Mr Corbyn said: “Absolutely. I’m not going anywhere.”
He urged MPs to recognise the support that swept him to to the leadership and dismissed suggestions his supporters were attempting to intimidate his opponents.
“They should recognise that I was elected with a very large mandate from a very wide variety of people from all parts of the movement,” he told the newspaper.
“There is no imposition of any mob. What there is is a development of participatory democracy. The parliamentary party is a part of the party, a very important part, but it is not the totality of the Labour party.”
Source: Jeremy Corbyn tells critics: I’ll lead Labour in 2020 – BBC News
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:
I feel sure that Cameron atrocities and corruption within the UK politics will be revealed under the leadership of Corbyn and when tories have no power to conceal it. They fear this so disempower tories by not voting for them. Deselection powers will be the result and more democracy.
Its high time that Jeremy Corbyn’s critics accepted the fact that he is the democratically elected leader and come together as a united party. Division is what the Tory party hopes and tries its very best to foster. That’s the only they can win elections – divide and rule.
Great news. His ability not to rise to the constant baiting by the press, the BBC and the Blairite is endearing him to more and more people. The relentless procession of lies, distorted statistics and deformations being directed at him seem to run of him like water off a ducks back. Perhaps he doesn’t project the traditional image of a natural leader but what you see is what you get with him. No personal attacks. Genuine humility.Time will tell if the change in approach to politics will be successful.