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Corbyn’s ‘worst meeting as leader’? No – just biased reporting from the Graun

Cosy at the top: Concerns raised by MPs at Monday’s Parliamentary Labour Party meeting have no substance and should not bother either Jennie Formby or Jeremy Corbyn – but the fact that they are being allowed to discuss these matters openly, in violation of party rules, lays open the double-standard that may make the party unelectable.

On the face of it, it looked bad.

“Labour MPs tore into Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit strategy at a party meeting on Monday night,” according to The Guardian.

The same report went on to say: “The parliamentary Labour party (PLP) meeting came amid anger about how Corbyn’s office had handled harassment complaints against two senior Labour figures, as well as an investigation into Labour antisemitism by the equalities watchdog.”

But it turns out this is nothing more than hyperbole from the paper that misrepresented Labour’s new commitment that every UK citizen should have a chance to succeed as “Corbyn to drop social mobility”.

In fact, it was reasonable for MPs to want to re-examine Labour’s Brexit policy after large falls in voter share at the European Parliament election and the Peterborough by-election.

Reading between the lines, the regrettable aspect of the report is that it shows no willingness on the party of Jeremy Corbyn’s critics to accept that they are at least partly responsible for the confusion over Labour’s position.

MPs – and indeed shadow cabinet members – who know a divided party cannot win elections went into the most recent campaigns spouting any old nonsense that came into their heads, rather than the official party line.

Where were their apologies?

This ties in with Mr Corbyn’s plea for MPs not to publicly attack party staff or shadow cabinet members, which was knocked by Lloyd Russell-Moyle at the meeting, to his shame.

Let us be clear: MPs pleading for the right to attack other Labour members is a demand for rights that rank-and-file party members don’t have.

The reason This Writer was expelled from Labour wasn’t the false charges of anti-Semitism that were made about me – it was the fact that I had discussed in public the failures of the party machine to correctly address the issue – even though these were matters of public knowledge and it was my job as a journalist to report on them.

(From this it should be clear that the party’s National Constitutional Committee was demanding that Labour-supporting journalists must show a bias towards the party that conflicts with their duty to report facts. This would, of course, prevent any honourable journalist from being a party member or supporting it. Perhaps NCC boss Maggie Cosins didn’t think of that.)

It was clear that, as a rank-and-file Labour member, I was expelled for discussing internal party issues in public – but that is exactly the privilege Mr Russell-Moyle was demanding at Monday’s meeting.

That is not acceptable. There must be a single rule for all party members, no matter how high in the party hierarchy they have risen.

Steering this back to Brexit, it is clear that – had MPs honoured the obligation to support party policy, rather than criticise it or contradict it – Labour could have won a far larger voter share.

And Labour’s policy really isn’t that hard to understand.

As long as we have a Conservative government that is determined to honour what is now widely accepted as a fatally-flawed plebiscite (consider the recent Swiss decision to invalidate a referendum result after it was decided voters had received false information), Brexit is going to happen.

Labour’s policy is to limit the amount of harm this will cause to the general public.

This policy is to be carried out initially by the measures available to the party in Parliament, as laid out by Mr Corbyn many times in the past.

It would also be carried out in policies which address the effect that Brexit would have on the lives of UK citizens – tackling the so-called “burning injustices” that Theresa May said she would solve, back in 2016, about which she then did exactly nothing.

It’s actually a winning combination, if only the party blabbermouths would shut up and think for a moment.

Of course, the real solution to Tory Brexit is a general election and a Labour government, but that is a dream as long as the same party blabbermouths continue to preach division. And they will.

As for the issues around harassment and anti-Semitism: If complaints have been made, then these matters are under investigation and it is not only inappropriate but itself a disciplinary matter if MPs discuss them in public.

So the words allegedly said by Jess Phillips to Jeremy Corbyn – “If you abuse women in the Labour party and they’re a friend of yours, they get away with it” – should result in her suspension from the party while her own transgression is investigated, as it seems she is attempting trial-by-media.

But of course, the Labour leadership won’t take any such action, because there really is a two-tier system in place and Ms Phillips is on the level that need fear no disciplinary action, no matter what she does.

This is the matter for concern – not the whinges of a few out-of-order MPs.

Mr Corbyn has been told about it. Labour general secretary Jennie Formby has been told. So have leading members of the NCC.

The general public see that.

And perhaps that hypocritical double-standard is what will keep Labour out of office, more than anything else.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn lambasted by Labour MPs in ‘worst meeting as leader’ | Politics | The Guardian

Labour MP is attacked as a ‘traitor’ on the street – and blames Theresa May

Campaigning: Mr Russell-Moyle, undeterred by the attack, was out demonstrating with the People’s March.

I said this would happen and I’m not the only one.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has been assaulted on the street while campaigning for a final vote on Brexit. The incident happened on March 21.

The attacker is said to have called Mr Russell-Moyle a “traitor” before grabbing his glasses and trying to hit him.

Coming after prime minister Theresa May’s statement last week, in which she blamed other MPs – such as Mr Russell-Moyle – for the UK’s failure to leave the European Union by the March 29 deadline demanded by her invocation of Article 50, his claim that the attacker was motivated by her words seems logical.

In fact, Mrs May was reported to the police by a fellow member of the left-wing media shortly after she made her statement – for inciting violence against other MPs.

I doubted that the Metropolitan service would take the accusation seriously at the time; perhaps Mr Russell-Moyle’s complaint will encourage senior officers to think again if necessary.


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Tory MPs’ anger at handling of ceremonial piece of kit shows their contempt for democracy

Protest: Lloyd Russell-Moyle.

Conservative MPs jeered as an Opposition Parliamentarian walked off with a ceremonial bit of kit in a symbolic protest against Theresa May’s deferral of the “meaningful vote” on Brexit – showing they care more for tradition than democracy.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle walked off with the Mace after the government invoked an obscure Parliamentary procedure to end the debate on Mrs May’s Brexit deal, rather than accepting the will of the House of Commons.

The only requirement was for a government whip to shout “Tomorrow” after 8pm on Monday (December 10).

After he did this, Mr Russell-Moyle made his protest. The Mace is a symbol that the Crown gives permission for Parliament to govern. If it is not in position, then MPs are not permitted to debate or vote.

Mr Russell-Moyle made his move to show that the government had cut off Parliament’s ability to function properly.

Speaker John Bercow had no option but to order Mr Russell-Moyle’s removal from the House of Commons and suspend him as a member of Parliament – although this suspension was only set to last until the end of business that day.

You can hear the Conservatives’ response to this behaviour in the clip below – and read the public response to it in the tweets that follow:

Mr Russell-Moyle had this to say:

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