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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 04:52 PM

Jeremy Corbyn lambasted by Labour MPs in 'worst meeting as leader'

MPs criticise Labour’s handling of Brexit and complaints of harassment and antisemitism
The Guardian
Jessica Elgot Chief political correspondent
Published: 16:04 Monday, 10 June 2019


Labour MPs tore into Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit strategy at a party meeting on Monday night, with several MPs loyal to the leadership saying they felt ashamed to vote for the party at the European elections and urging a change of direction.

Marie Rimmer...whose speech inspired whoops and cheers in the room, told Corbyn: “People who worked with you for years are turning away from us.” In what colleagues described as an emotionally charged speech, Rimmer said that it “wasn’t easy for me to vote Labour” in the EU elections, and “the leadership is not there” on the party’s Brexit policy. “She eviscerated him,” one Labour MP said. “No one was expecting her to speak out like that.” Another called it “one of the best speeches I have ever heard in here – it clearly came from the heart”.

MPs also expressed alarm that Corbyn’s opening speech failed to mention the investigation into antisemitism in the party that has been launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The party’s handling of antisemitism cases was compared with the automatic expulsion of the former spin doctor Alastair Campbell for admitting he had voted Lib Dem in the European elections. Labour MP Wes Streeting suggested this was a double standard.


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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:39 PM

1. I don't understand the details of how British political

parties work. So let me ask, Is Jeremy Corbyn in danger of losing his position as head of the Labour Party? Given his track record I can't understand how he hangs on. Is Labour even wackier than I had imagined?

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Response to comradebillyboy (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 06:21 PM

2. I will defer to any UK folks.

As an observer only and given his history on several subjects, I really don’t see his appeal. He voted to leave yet he is head of a party that favors remain. Labour’s Brexit position is a disaster and Corbyn is the architect of that position (or lack of position).

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Response to comradebillyboy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 12:24 PM

3. Given the size of his win in the last challenge to him, I don't think he's in much danger

He's always been unpopular with a lot of Labour MPs, but the party members and affiliates, who have the main say in the voting system, preferred him significantly to the last challenger (and to the other options in his original election). While he's falling out of favour with the typical Labour voter, I think the party activists would still keep him in power if anyone tried to run against him.

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Response to comradebillyboy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 12:27 PM

4. Realistically: doubtful

Which is a damned shame, because Labour should be taking every single vote the Lib Dems got.

In principle, a leadership challenge can happen at any time. Realistically, there's nobody who's willing to take the first swipe at him.

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