Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the Miner's Hall in Barnsley, South Yorkshire [Image: Harry Whitehead/REX].

Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the Miner’s Hall in Barnsley, South Yorkshire [Image: Harry Whitehead/REX].

No deal.

If this Torygraph story is accurate, then the Labour rebels had better think again.

Their actions have harmed the Labour Party, seriously damaging its reputation at a time when they should have been uniting to attack a weakened Conservative Party.

Instead, they have helped the Tories build up a stronger position – by undermining their own party, its offices and members.

Who in the Labour Party has trust in the judgement or behaviour of the NEC, the general secretary, the Parliamentary Labour Party now? Very few members indeed.

Yet the same people who have caused the party serious harm will demand – demand! – assurances from Mr Corbyn as a sign of his goodwill if he wins.

Someone needs to bring them back to reality.

In particular, someone needs to remind them that it isn’t Mr Corbyn who is threatening rebel MPs with deselection. That duty falls to their own constituency party members.

Mr Corbyn supports greater democracy in the party so – as with shadow cabinet elections – he will be expected to support the right of constituency party members to choose their own MPs.

That’s democracy.

Senior Labour politicians who quit the shadow cabinet in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership are drawing up plans for a truce that would see them return to his team if he is re-elected this month.

Mr Corbyn was rocked by dozens of resignations from his shadow government in the aftermath of the EU referendum, in a rebellion that triggered a leadership contest.

However, with polls suggesting that Mr Corbyn is on course to win next week’s leadership election easily, a number of former shadow ministers are preparing the ground to return to work with him.

They will demand a list of assurances from Mr Corbyn as a sign of his goodwill before pledging their support.

These include allowing them greater say in the running of the shadow cabinet, giving his support to a return to shadow cabinet elections, and dropping the threat that MPs who opposed his leadership will face de-selection.

Source: Senior Labour MPs draw up truce plans to return to Corbyn cabinet if he is re-elected


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