It would be theft, no doubt about it – never mind whatever any lawyer might say.
Suppose the “empty suits” in the Labour rebellion had their way and split from Corbyn and the Labour Party, but tried to use the name ‘Labour’ to dupe traditional Labour supporters into voting for them at elections.
It would be fraud on a national scale. They would be claiming to represent Labour values, with no intention of doing anything of the sort.
Their values are watered-down Tory values; their policies are watered-down Tory policies.
They can’t succeed because there is already a Tory party.
Why don’t they just cross the floor of the House of Commons and let Labour – true Labour – field proper Labour candidates at the next election?
Is it because, without the Labour name, they know they will lose?
Labour rebels keen to oust Jeremy Corbyn are investigating whether they would have a legal case for using the party’s name if they formed a breakaway group in parliament, and have set up a website to try to gain support of “moderate” members.
“It comes down to what would be the legalities around retaining the name ‘the Labour party’,” one MP told the Guardian, in the latest evidence that Corbyn’s detractors are ready to use every weapon in their armoury in the escalating war in the party.
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