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Is this the first salvo in the new Labour coup?

John Howarth: Blaming Mr Corbyn for his own mistakes?

John Howarth seems to be a man with a grievance.

He’s a Labour MEP for South East England – although not for much longer, if the fears he expresses in an email publicised by Skwawkbox are realised.

In it, he attacks the Labour leadership for failing to run a ‘Remain’-supporting campaign with the promise of a public vote.

This is in the European Parliament elections – for MEPs who cannot affect whether a public vote happens in the UK, remember.

The Party has brought on itself an electoral humiliation at a time when the Conservative Party is woefully divided and manifestly incompetent in Government,

he wrote.

An open goal has been missed.

This is all hours before any European Parliament election results are known.

Would it not be more accurate to say that Labour had a perfectly reasonable policy platform, based on issues that are relevant in the EU at the moment – but MEPs like Mr Howarth ignored this in order to focus on a matter that they cannot affect at all?

“Labour has lost a great opportunity and, over the past year, a great many members,” Mr Howarth wrote – ignoring information from that party’s general secretary that the party has continued to grow.

If it has lost support from casual voters, this may be attributed – as Skwawkbox points out – to the lost of Leave-supporting voters, not those who wanted to remain in the EU.

What a muddled mess.

The simple fact is that, when the Tories were in complete disarray, Labour representatives like Mr Howarth took it upon themselves, unilaterally, to break with the party line, go their own way, and wreck their own chance.

Now he wants to blame Jeremy Corbyn for his own mistakes.

That’s not good enough. But expect to see much more of it before the night is over.

Source: Coup breaks cover as expected as anti-Corbyn MEP flings Euro blame early | The SKWAWKBOX

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Get ready – another attempted Labour coup after the EU election results is looking more likely

Tom Watson: As Labour deputy leader, he vowed to support the party’s leader to the hilt – and has continually betrayed that vow. If he challenges Mr Corbyn again, let him seek a poll on his own position, too.

It seems right-wing opportunists in the Labour Party are hoping to launch another coup against Jeremy Corbyn, based on the results of the European Parliament elections.

It doesn’t matter what those results turn out to be. The malcontents know that this may be their last chance of preventing a Corbyn government.

Think about it: Theresa May has as much as admitted that she cannot get her Brexit Bill through Parliament and there is no other business for the current session. So, logically, the current Parliamentary session must end.

With it, the Tories’ confidence-and-supply deal with the Democratic Unionist Party must also end. It is possible that Mrs May’s successor will wish to negotiate a new deal, but that will be difficult, considering the way the Conservatives failed to support DUP desires over Brexit and the Northern Irish border.

Also, with defections to Change UK and the possible loss of This Writer’s own MP, Chris Davies, if my fellow Brecon and Radnorshire constituents agree to throw him out, it seems the Conservatives will be unlikely to command any kind of majority in Parliament.

And that’s before you consider which factions within the Parliamentary Conservative Party will support any new prime minister!

Once the new premier is installed, that reality is likely to make itself clear.

And then they may see no alternative to a general election – that Mr Corbyn is likely to win.

So Mr Corbyn’s opponents in the Labour Party are likely to believe they have no choice other than to make their move today (May 26).

If they want to challenge him, that’s fine.

But I think it would be unfair for them to suggest that he alone is at fault.

So if any Labour representative says Mr Corbyn should seek re-election as Labour leader, let’s ask them to authenticate their challenge.

Let them also seek re-election.

So if Tom Watson challenges Mr Corbyn, he should ask members to endorse his position as deputy leader – and, indeed, a confidence vote in him as a Labour MP.

The same should apply to other Labour MPs. Let them seek confidence votes from their own constituency members.

As for Labour grandees – former bigwigs who do not currently have a position in the party, like Tony Blair – well, it’s not a lot of their business, is it?

There are a lot of big mouths in right-wing Labour. Let’s see them put themselves on the line.

May is going, Cable is going, and is there going to be another Labour leadership coup?

Tom Watson: On his way out?

We seem to be in another period of apparent change, with leaders being replaced by popular political parties in an attempt to change their image.

The Conservatives finally plucked up the courage to backstab Theresa May on Friday; she’ll be gone by June 7.

Meanwhile, Vince Cable has announced that his own long-trailed departure as leader of the Liberal Democrats will happen on July 23. It seems he has been waiting for a moment when it seemed his party’s fortunes were improving and thinks that it has now arrived.

These are cosmetic changes. Nobody seriously believes that the new leaders of these parties will take them in a different direction. The Conservatives may get a more strongly-Brexiteer leader but their main policies of oppression against the poor will remain the same. The Liberal Democrats will remain an irrelevance.

And then I saw this on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MarxyMarxy/status/1131894227061940224

That would be very silly – and therefore exactly the sort of tactic the Labour Right is likely to employ. And it won’t get them anywhere because, despite all their whining about Jeremy Corbyn, we all know that their claims about him are not true. Consider Rachael’s tweet, below:

Exactly.

Of far more interest is the possibility that Tom Watson will be replaced as deputy leader after years of trying (and failing) to undermine Mr Corbyn.

Look at the latest news item to feature him – a claim that people who supported remaining in the European Union are abandoning the party. That supports the claim that “Remain” anger could be harnessed as a way of levering Mr Corbyn out, to be replaced by another faceless so-called “Centrist” with policies the same as the Tories and Change UK, no doubt.

It would be far better for Mr Watson to be removed and Labour to retain its current reforming socialist position.

His card has been marked for a considerable amount of time.

Cabinet bid to oust May could put Gove in charge. Satirists have already moved in

Tim Shipman of The Sunday Times reckons the Conservative cabinet has launched a coup against Theresa May, claiming that she has lost all credibility since her statement last week, trying to blame other MPs for the failure of her Brexit deal and the consequent delay in the UK’s departure from the EU.

He added:

Trouble is, the Conservatives already shot their bolt; they cannot launch an in-party campaign to remove her because she won a vote of “no confidence” last December. Conservatives must until at least a year after that vote before they can remove her again.

She could be encouraged to leave of her own free will – but it seems her husband Philip has advised her against that:

Then there’s the question of who should succeed Mrs May, even as interim leader.

David Lidington?

David Lidington?

David Lidington?

All right. Who else, then?

Now you can see the relevance of the image at the top of this article.

The situation is a satirist’s dream.


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Labour: No McDonnell coup this year – again

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell: Get used to solidarity, folks.

Amid the usual doom and gloom it’s pleasant to welcome this acknowledgement – and debunking – of a regular event by the person at the centre of it.

I hand you over to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell:

Next year: More of the same.

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Why is Grant Shapps surprised about abuse from right-wingers? We’ve been banging on and on about it

Grant Shapps [Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.]


Does anybody really think Grant Shapps didn’t expect to disappear beneath a mountain of abuse after he was outed as the man behind an attempted coup against Theresa May?

We’ve all known for many moons that abuse – particularly online abuse – is more prevalent among right-wingers than anywhere else.

Grant Shapps has told Conservative colleagues that he has been subjected to an unprecedented level of “abuse and bile” since being outed as the ringleader of an attempted coup against Theresa May.

In a leaked email, the former Conservative chair, who was added to a WhatsApp group so that he could read the reams of criticism against him, expressed surprise that attacks even came from those who “most rail against cyberbulling”.

He said he was appalled by the way that his name was briefed to the media and “presented in a simplistic villain versus hero fashion”.

Source: Grant Shapps shocked by ‘abuse and bile’ over coup attempt against PM


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It isn’t that John McDonnell WON’T intervene if Hilary Benn is deselected as an MP – he CAN’T

John McDonnell and Hilary Benn together at an event supporting the remain campaign in June [Image: Dylan Martinez/Reuters].

John McDonnell and Hilary Benn together at an event supporting the remain campaign in June [Image: Dylan Martinez/Reuters].

It’s bizarre to have to point this out – especially in response to reports by newspaper journalists who should know this – but John McDonnell has NOT refused to intervene over Hilary Benn’s future as a Labour MP.

The Shadow Chancellor simply has no power to do so. As he made perfectly clear in his Radio 5 Live interview, Parliamentary candidates are chosen by Constituency Labour Parties.

So Rajeev Syal’s article in The Grauniad, for example, is misleading. I’d like to say I hope this is not deliberate, but it still reflects on the professionalism of the author.

It doesn’t matter whether close allies of Jeremy Corbyn remain angry with Mr Benn after he sided with the Conservative Government over air strikes and Syria, or any involvement of his in the attempted ‘Chicken Coup’ over the summer.

If it is true that supporters of Mr Corbyn have been elected as officers in Mr Benn’s constituency party, Leeds Central, then they can propose any action they see fit – within party rules.

That includes deselection of the incumbent MP, so he may not stand as a candidate in a future election (it would not affect his position as an MP in the current Parliament).

And it is important to clarify that, if anyone has “taken over” positions in Leeds Central CLP, they would have done so by democratic means.

I question why Rajeev Syal mentions that Patrick Hall, a vice-chair of Leeds Central CLP who has spoken against Mr Benn, is a national executive member of the Labour Representation Committee, described as “a radical grouping” chaired by McDonnell.

What’s the implication?

Mr McDonnell will not influence any decision on Mr Benn’s future in any way. If Leeds Central CLP deselects Mr Benn, it will be because Leeds Central Labour members wish it.

That’s democracy.

Source: John McDonnell won’t intervene if Hilary Benn faces deselection fight | Politics | The Guardian

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Corbyn could face wave of resignations in attempt to pave way for a coup

Jeremy Corbyn attracted thousands of people to hear him speak on the doorstep of the Conservative Party conference, and 'moderates' in his own party are allegedly planning a 'coup' against him. How stupid is that?

Jeremy Corbyn attracted thousands of people to hear him speak on the doorstep of the Conservative Party conference, and ‘moderates’ in his own party are allegedly planning a ‘coup’ against him. How stupid is that?

The comment at the bottom of the following excerpt is the most telling – that no coup will be successful if it doesn’t carry grassroots support.

This means no coup will be successful.

The grassroots voted for Corbyn. The grassroots want his policies actioned. The grassroots are not interested in the opinions of so-called ‘moderates’ and failed leader candidates.

These people seem to think they can effect in the Labour Party what happened in Scotland after the independence referendum. That is a huge mistake.

The Scottish Nationalists had the Labour Party to kick against, after the IndyRef – a Labour Party that was dominated by precisely the ‘moderates’ who think their opinions are relevant now.

In other words, the ‘moderates’ who ensured that Labour lost all but one Scottish MP to the SNP.

The grassroots know that these ‘moderates’ and their policies are dismal failures. Most of them – if they were honest – should be living in fear of deselection, because they are now so badly out of tune with the people they claim to represent.

There will be no sympathy for an attempted coup – especially if it follows half-hearted campaigning in anticipation of a coup to follow.

Any Labour Party member worth their salt, who has a Labour MP, should be contacting that MP and requesting full and frank disclosure of their position with regard to this matter – because any ‘moderates’ contemplating a ‘coup’ are a danger to Labour’s electability.

The majority of the Labour Party needs to know who they are – now.

And eliminate them.

“There will be an uprising in the PLP [Parliamentary Labour Party] at some point,” one Labour MP told The Independent. “But we have to get our timing right. We may only have one shot.”

Concerted resignations by several ministers and parliamentary aides close to Gordon Brown in 2006 helped to force Tony Blair to reveal his departure timetable as Prime Minister.

Some Blairites hope that a similar frontbench revolt would show that Mr Corbyn cannot govern the party and they hope to force a leadership contest at next autumn’s Labour conference. But other moderates are more cautious, warning that premature action could backfire. Without significant grassroots support for a change of leader, they fear,  Mr Corbyn or another left-wing figure would be elected.  Another MP said: “We will  need to carry enough party members with us. Otherwise it would end in disaster.”

Source: Jeremy Corbyn could be hit by wave of resignations in attempt to pave way for a coup | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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