This puts a very different complexion on all the claims that the resignations are down to Corbyn’s “lacklustre” referendum campaign, doesn’t it?
For clarity, the message, posted on Twitter (I found it here), states: “This post was sent to me by an acquaintance of mine whose integrity I can vouch for: He was told in front of witnesses in the Railway pub in West Didsbury as long ago as April, by Lucy Powell MPs husband, that “Jeremy Corbyn would not be leader of the Labour by October.” When he asked why before October?, I=He was told that “the coup” would be after the referendum. In other words this particular coup was planned a long time ago and has nothing to do with the referendum campaign. Labour Party members can draw their own conclusions.”
Now, I know it’s just an anonymous tip-off on Twitter, but I trust my source, and it raises questions that need to be answered.
Clearly, if this information is correct, then claims that Hilary Benn’s planned coup and the resignations following it were triggered by a “lacklustre” performance in the referendum campaign by Mr Corbyn are lies.
If that is the case, do Labour Party members really want to be led into a decision on the back of another series of lies – especially considering the referendum result is based on a pack of lies from the ‘Leave’ campaign?
I don’t think so.
I do think that mechanisms within the Labour Party, to investigate the machinations of the former shadow cabinet members who appear to have been conspiring against Mr Corbyn for many months, should be triggered and they should be suspended from the party on suspicion of bringing the party into disrepute until such time as investigations are complete.
Sauce for the goose: If it was good enough for Ken Livingstone, it’s good enough for them.
Meanwhile, 38 Degrees’ petition of confidence in Jeremy Corbyn, supporting his leadership, has passed 200,000 signatures. You can sign it here.
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has told Jeremy Corbyn he has “no authority” among Labour MPs and warned him he faces a leadership challenge.
The two men met after a spate of resignations from shadow cabinet.
The Labour leader launched a fightback on Monday morning, unveiling a new top team after a fresh round of walkouts from shadow ministers.
Mr Corbyn, who was elected in September in a landslide victory, is facing a vote of no confidence from Labour MPs.
Shadow business secretary Angela Eagle, Maria Eagle (defence) Lisa Nandy (energy) and Owen Smith (work and pensions) are among the latest members of the front bench to resign.
Mr Corbyn has pledged to stand in any new leadership election if there is a formal challenge to his position.
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