Criticise Corbyn if you must, Liz McInnes – but at least TRY to be coherent about it!

Liz McInnes MP [Image: Manchester Evening News].

Liz McInnes MP [Image: Manchester Evening News].

Liz McInnes isn’t the latest Labour MP to trash-talk Jeremy Corbyn but her argument has come under some scrutiny recently, so let’s examine it.

Ms McInnes seems to be what Tony Benn famously called a “weathercock”.

She didn’t support Mr Corbyn when he stood for the Labour leadership last year, but was happy to do so after he won.

She didn’t support the motion of ‘no confidence’ in him, either – but was happy to resign with the rest of the ‘Moderebels’ after it went against him, despite claiming to have been “furious” that a rebellion was taking place when Labour should have been attacking the Tories over the EU referendum.

And she didn’t blame Corbyn for the referendum result, either.

This appears to be a very confused person, sending out an extremely mixed message.

Yet she seems happy to complain about “a mixed message from the Labour Party because a minority of our MPs had chosen to appear on platforms with the likes of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson”.

Perhaps her most confused statement is that Mr Corbyn must go because he cannot “lead the party in Parliament” due to the rebellious 171 Labour MPs whose actions she has deplored… despite the fact that he has the confidence of hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members, many of whom are perfectly capable of replacing the rebels and would be quite happy to do so!

The problem is with MPs who sit under the Labour banner but refuse to support the policies cherished by the wider Labour Party.

If Ms McInnes prefers to side with them, rather than sort her story out, then she should expect no better treatment from the membership than the rest of them.

And that’s exactly what it seems she’ll get. Here’s one of her own constituents, who goes by the delightful Twitter handle, ‘Wobbly Sausage’:

160809 Wobbly Sausage on Liz McInnes

Heywood and Middleton Labour Party doesn’t need a “weathercock”, according to ‘Wobbly Sausage’; it needs a “signpost” like Mr Corbyn and his supporters – someone who won’t bend with the prevailing wind but will hold to their principles.

Ms McInnes says such people are “putting their own interests ahead of the party”. If that’s really the case, perhaps she’d like to explain why so many party members are absolutely delighted with Mr Corbyn and seem poised to propel him back into the leadership with an increased mandate?

Perhaps Ms McInnes would like to try putting herself up for re-selection by her own constituency party and see how well she manages?

Although I hadn’t supported Jeremy in the leadership contest, when he was elected by an overwhelming majority I spoke with him and told him that he had my support. His large mandate from members and supporters had given him the right to lead our party, and it was important to give him the opportunity to prove himself up to the job.

Following the referendum result, I learnt of the motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn because of his handling of the Remain campaign. I was furious. At a time when as a Labour Party we should have been taking the Government to task over the fallout from a referendum which they had called, we had instead chosen to create divisions amongst our own party.

I didn’t blame Jeremy for the Brexit vote and I still don’t. I actually agreed with his message that the EU isn’t perfect, but that we were better off remaining members with the ability to influence from within, rather than standing outside with no influence and facing an uncertain future.

I said that in my opinion, the people of the UK were receiving a mixed message from the Labour Party because a minority of our MPs had chosen to appear on platforms with the likes of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, prominently on TV hustings, and one even on a boat with Nigel Farage during the ridiculous Thames flotilla. It’s not surprising, given these antics, that the public were confused about Labour’s message.

I voted against the motion of no confidence in Jeremy’s leadership. However, 172 of my colleagues, 80% of the Parliamentary Labour Party, from all wings of the party, voted for it. I fully expected Jeremy to stand down because of such an overwhelming result. If I had received a vote of no confidence of that magnitude as a Union Rep, or as a Councillor, then I would have stepped aside. I would have recognised the situation as being totally unworkable and I would have accepted with a heavy heart that it was time to go and let someone else take things forward.

It came as a massive surprise to me to see Jeremy refusing to go. It made no sense to me that having had it confirmed that he was unable to lead an effective opposition in Parliament, that he still chose to remain as Leader, knowing that he could only be a totally ineffective leader. The job description of the Leader of the Labour Party is to lead the party in Parliament and it had been very forcefully pointed out to him that he was unable to do his job.

I could not understand Jeremy’s reaction. His position was untenable yet he was refusing to go. I had no choice other than to resign from my shadow ministerial role. I could no longer serve a leader who appeared to be putting his own interests ahead of the party.

Source: It’s time to unite behind Owen – Liz McInnes MP


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8 thoughts on “Criticise Corbyn if you must, Liz McInnes – but at least TRY to be coherent about it!

  1. Rusty

    It’s owen smith and the 171 other mps that are putting their own interests first! They work for us not the other way round! Liz mcinnes should now consider her own position!

  2. Jenny Hambidge

    Jeremy wasn’t putting his own interests in front of that of the party- quite the reverse- he put the wishes of those who had democratically elected him before those who sat on their hands and refused to serve under him – that is, a big number of PLP.

  3. Neilth

    Ah I see where the confusion lies. It’s all clear now thanks to Liz McInnes. The PLP is the Labour Party and what I previously mistakenly thought was the Party are just a bunch of hangers on who attend meetings, stand for local councils and spend many many hours knocking on doors and talking to people to try to get the all important MPs in place so they can tell us what to do.

    That’s ok then, oh wait ….!

    1. casalealex

      “I could no longer serve a leader who appeared to be putting his own interests ahead of the party.”

      Where would the Parliamentary Labour Party be without the thousands of Labour Party members, who, laboriously worked hard to put their MPs in a position to democratically represent them?

  4. concernedkev

    It was not in Jeremy’s gift to abandon the mandate we gave him. He understands that, it’s a shame the parachute regime couldn’t understand. It’s inevitable that NEW MEMBERS will sort this out when they get to grips with Party rules and Constitution there will be massive change

  5. David Woods

    I can see that as a valid argument to call a vote of no confidence in Ms. McInnes!

    Jeremy Corbyn was democratically elected by the Labour Party members.
    BREXIT was a democratically won vote by the British population, and this lady refuses either fact as something she can accept or work with!

    I believe she is in the wrong Party, she certainly doesn’t support her constituents, and the fact she can happily ignore ‘democracy’ when it pleases her is exceptionally scary – given how many other MP’s appear to think exactly the same way!

  6. Yvette Holden

    I am one of Liz McInnes constituents and I can tell you for free she would NOT keep her seat! The people in Middleton are firmly behind Corbyn and the majority of Labour members back Corbyn! We are fuming with this sad excuse for an MP, shes got the Watson attitude – thinks she can decide what we want, that we are uppity plebs! This woman is in for a big shock shes not long been an MP if I was her I would start looking for another job we dont want her kind, we have had enough of this type of MP who never asks her members who they support , who tries to feed us spin ? And who is lying to win support for Owen! I will tell her and Watson this – the uppity plebs hate backstabbers, hate wishy washy yes people that cannot form an opinion or keep one , and most of all we hate arrogant plebs who think they know what we want and lie so they can keep a Tory nation! Liz politics are changing the socialist are coming so either get behind your leader or get out of town!!

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