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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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