In case she hasn’t noticed, Jeremy Corbyn was leader of the Labour Party when the victories she mentions were won; he is perfectly entitled to claim them.
Does she have evidence that she was acting without or against his leadership while carrying out her duties in the Lords? If so, is she saying she can’t follow orders? Is this some bizarre attempt to signal a wish to retire? What, exactly, is the point of her claim?
And how can she claim any victories at all? The Lords can only revise Parliamentary bills and send them back to the Commons, where final decisions will be made.
This Lady seems to be trying to jump on the anti-Corbyn bandwagon – unsuccessfully.
Labour’s leader in the House of Lords has called on Jeremy Corbyn to stop taking the credit for government defeats that had nothing to do with him, amid fears the turmoil in the Labour party is undermining the British parliamentary system by allowing the government to pass laws unchecked.
Baroness Smith told BuzzFeed News it was her team of Labour peers who were doing much of the hard work of defeating the government in the absence of leadership from Corbyn.
“It is a bit galling when Jeremy stands up and says, ‘Under my leadership we won on tax credits and we won on trade unions and we won on the housing bill.’ I don’t think I had any conversations with Jeremy about those issues.”
Corbyn took out a full-page advert in The Guardian on Tuesday to launch his leadership campaign, claiming the changes as victories for his leadership and saying he wanted to be re-elected so he could continue “to lead a party providing such effective opposition”.
As he formally launched his campaign to hold onto the leadership on Thursday, Corbyn again cited the government defeats on welfare cuts as evidence of his success as opposition leader.
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