Baroness Chakrabarti has spoken out against claims that Jeremy Corbyn should make concessions to his opponents, like allowing the Parliamentary Labour Party to elect shadow cabinet members, in order to demonstrate the sincerity of his call for unity.
She pointed out that it is not Mr Corbyn who now needs to demonstrate his sincerity, but those who plotted against him and are now claiming to support him again:
Former Shadow Communities Secretary John Healey warned that Corbyn had to now give MPs a say over his Shadow Cabinet to prove “he means what he says about unifying the Party”.
But Baroness Chakrabarti, a strong supporter of Corbyn, said that the onus was on Labour MPs to change their conduct and get behind him.
The Labour peer said she did “not approve” of a 67-year-old man “being mugged in broad daylight, in cold blood, by people who don’t see that it is time for a change”.
And then there’s ‘Project Anaconda’, an alleged plot to crush the life out of Mr Corbyn’s leadership by forcing him into concession after concession that leaves him powerless.
Deputy leader Tom Watson is allegedly behind this, although he has denied it.
The best denial, of course, is not to request any concessions at all but to buckle under, accept Mr Corbyn’s leadership, and follow it.
Can we look forward to that, please?
In a further sign of the distrust in the party, HuffPost UK has been passed extracts from internal party emails claiming that the deputy leader has been operating a so-called “Project Anaconda” with Shadow Cabinet reforms and wider NEC proposals.
“’Project Anaconda’…will involve isolating and weakening JC and ultimately crushing the life out of his leadership,” one email claimed.
“Every concession JC makes will be used to tighten the grip.”
Sources close to Watson said the claims were “ridiculous” and that neither he nor anyone close to him had used the phrase.
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