Those muckrakers at The Canary have been digging hard – and they have discovered some very uncomfortable truths about the Shadow Cabinet rebellion against Jeremy Corbyn.
In the last few weeks before the Chilcot report into the UK’s role in the Iraq War – a report that is expected to be excoriating in its criticism of the then-Labour government’s role, would it surprise you to discover that many of the Shadow Cabinet quitters voted in favour of that war?
They are Hilary Benn, Angela Eagle, Vernon Coaker, Chris Bryant, John Healey and Maria Eagle.
Most of these people – and a few more – also voted in favour of the UK carrying out air strikes in Syria, against Labour Party policy, when the matter was discussed last December.
They are Heidi Alexander, Hilary Benn (who spoke passionately in favour of the reckless plan), Lucy Powell, Gloria De Piero, Chris Bryant, Angela Eagle, Maria Eagle and Vernon Coaker.
As the Canary report puts it,
Voting for the Iraq war and to launch a reckless airstrike campaign in Syria are threats to our national security.
Not only that, but Corbyn is said to be preparing to launch a call for Tony Blair, who was prime minister at the time of the Iraq War, to be investigated in connection with war crimes. Who knows where that investigation may lead?
All voting information is taken from the website They Work for You.
Considering the rebels’ clear fear over the consequences of their role in supporting Blair’s Iraq War, would it surprise you to know that The Canary is also suggesting that Blairites are behind the attempted coup?
According to Sky News political correspondent Sophy Ridge, the flurry of resignations from Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet have been “choreographed” largely by one man: Conor McGinn, Labour MP for St Helens North.
She said: “He’s ringing shadow cabinet members and ministers, organising the timings and co-ordinating the resignations to try to cause maximum impact. This is significant because he’s one of Jeremy Corbyn’s Whips – tasked with ensuring party discipline.”
McGinn, however, belongs to a wider network of Blairite Labour politicians who had opposed Corbyn’s leadership of the party from the beginning.
McGinn had formally joined the pro-EU cross-party campaign, Britain Stronger In Europe, as a “political champion”, alongside Hilary Benn… Sky News’ confirmation that this process was being coordinated by one of Corbyn’s own whips, Conor McGinn, suggests that McGinn and Benn had worked together to orchestrate the sudden resignations. McGinn did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
There’s much more – but you’ll have to read The Canary‘s articles for the rest.
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