The embarrassing facts behind the shadow cabinet rebellion against Corbyn

[Image: The Canary].
[Image: The Canary].
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.

Source: The shadow cabinet ministers resigning to topple Corbyn have one embarrassing thing in common | The Canary

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.

Source: Tony Blair’s crony elite want to snatch Labour back from the working class | The Canary

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8 Thoughts to “The embarrassing facts behind the shadow cabinet rebellion against Corbyn”

  1. These people should be kicked out of the party let them find another job its alright stepping down but they are still on the gravy train and will do there best to put a spanner in the works when the GE comes

  2. Joan Edington

    Corbyn’s mistake was in trying to be conciliatory to the old guard in the party, giving too many of them places in the cabinet. If he had built a cabinet of like-minded left-wingers, maybe this could have been less divisive. Enemies within is never good.

    1. Mike Sivier

      It worked for Abraham Lincoln, and I think he was hoping it would work for him.
      That it didn’t is a failure of the individual Shad Cab members who are now trying to remove him against the will of the party.

      1. David Woods

        Against Democracy itself!

  3. Mark B

    New labour and the conservatives. Both the same thing. Red yellow and blue all the same thing. Corporations run governments who in turn lead us along the yellow brick road that is the rat race. Parliament and the establishment is rotten to the core. And people are waking up.

    1. Mike Sivier

      You do realise you can’t lump ALL of Labour into that there gross generalisation you’ve just made, because Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters are acting in precisely the opposite way to that which you’ve described?

      1. David Woods

        Problem is Mike, it has been this way for so long it’s hard NOT to view them that way. Until we get the chance to see if he will live up to his word, it’s hard not to view it as the ‘same old same old’!

  4. Personally I would favour a split, between Real Labour and Keg Labour (or whatever the Blairites want to call themselves), rather than the constant and futile attempt to blend two incompatible factions. In which case I would happily vote for Real Labour led by Corbyn.

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