This is not a good time for Angela Eagle.
She was the original challenger to Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership – in fact her campaign website was registered before the first of the co-ordinated series of resignations that ultimately led to the current leadership election. This is clear evidence that all the protestations that there was never a plot against Mr Corbyn are lies.
But she was unceremoniously dumped in favour of Owen Smith (for whom equality of opportunity seems to be something that only applies to other people) after a series of embarrassing gaffes, mostly involving her own constituency party’s loss of confidence in her.
How could they do other than reject Ms Eagle, after she ignored their plea for her to support Mr Corbyn in the ‘no confidence’ vote against him, and then stood as a candidate against him in direct denial of her CLP’s directive?
Now, she is calling on fellow members to vote for Owen Smith in the leadership election, despite having slandered them time and again:
Perhaps Ms Eagle has forgotten that she accused her fellow members of homophobia and misogyny, but has yet to show a scrap of evidence?
Perhaps she has forgotten that she accused Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters of hurling a brick through her office window, even though the broken window was elsewhere in a shared building and nobody has been accused?
Perhaps she has forgotten that her entire Constituency Labour Party was suspended because members were planning a meeting to discuss deselecting her as a Labour Parliamentary candidate in future elections? What was her involvement in that?
Perhaps she needs to read this comment, in a tweet by a person I know only as ‘Fitzy’, which explains the situation far better than I could.
Perhaps Ms Eagle should consider whether she can continue as a representative of the people of Wallasey, when she can’t even represent the people who made her an MP in the first place.
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