The Mirror‘s angle (below) is that talks are taking place over Jeremy Corbyn’s future as leader of the Labour Party. But this is nonsense – he has won.
The talk on Twitter is that Angela Eagle will launch her leadership challenge today (Friday, July 8). If she doesn’t, that’ll be the end of her because she has had enough chances to do something and has bottled it every time.
In fact, it’ll be the end of her anyway because – well, take a look:
Anybody in the Parliamentary Labour Party wishing to support her challenge should be reminded that Wallesey CLP, which nominated her as a Parliamentary candidate and campaigned for her to be elected, specifically instructed her not to resign from the Shadow Cabinet, not to support the ‘no confidence’ vote against Mr Corbyn and not to stand as a challenger against him. She ignored her fellow members.
This is very interesting because, only last year, when she was running to be Labour’s deputy leader (she came fourth), she sent the same members the following letter:
The highlighted parts read: “For too long, you haven’t been listened to or been given enough of a say. I will change that… I will always stand up for you and put your first… I won’t be doing it on the front page of a newspaper [telling the leader he’s wrong]… I am running for you, and I will be a Deputy for you – our members, our Councillors and the grassroots.”
Those are a lot of broken promises. Admittedly, she wasn’t elected – but why should she not behave habitually as she stated in the letter? Instead, Tessa Jowell appeared on television a couple of days ago, lying about the events of the meeting where Ms Eagle’s instructions were hammered out. She said her colleague was subjected to homophobic abuse, when Ms Eagle was not even present. The CLP’s chairperson has released a statement assuring us that no such behaviour took place, even in the MP’s absence.
Furthermore, her chances of success are tiny. Her own constituency isn’t the only one that supports Jeremy Corbyn, as the following makes clear:
According to LabourLeft’s Eoin Clarke, 60 CLPs have held votes on Jeremy Corbyn. That means 45 have shown full confidence in him. It’s not entirely representative, as there are 650 constituencies in the UK – but it’s a start.
Oh, and there’s also the small matter of the huge increase in Labour’s membership. An astonishing 128,000 people have become full members of the Labour Party in the last 11 days. Of these, 40,000 are known to have joined in order to support Mr Corbyn’s leadership – but according to Labour Insider the true figure may be as high as 80,000.
That is the environment in which Ms Eagle is allegedly set to launch her leadership challenge tomorrow. If she does, it will sink without a trace.
Owen Smith and Angela Eagle have put their leadership challenges on hold to allow further talks on Jeremy Corbyn ’s future.
They said negotiations on “healing the rift” in the party needed more time to succeed.
But both made clear they were ready to stand against Mr Corbyn if there was no breakthrough.
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