Corbyn faces coup

The Guardian has details of an impending coup attempt in the British Labour Party following the EU referendum.

The claim “An overwhelming majority of the shadow cabinet now believes Corbyn should quit”.

Hilary Benn seeks shadow cabinet backing to oust Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn faces a coup this week by members of his shadow cabinet, led by Hilary Benn, the Observer can reveal.

It is understood that the shadow foreign secretary called fellow MPs over the weekend to suggest that he will ask Corbyn to stand down if there is significant support for a move against the leader. He has also asked shadow cabinet colleagues to join him in resigning if the Labour leader ignores that request. A spokesman for Benn declined to comment.

An overwhelming majority of the shadow cabinet now believes Corbyn should quit in the wake of millions of Labour voters ignoring their leader’s advice to vote in favour of Britain’s continued membership of the EU and amid the possibility of an early general election.

The development comes as leaked internal Labour party polling of people who voted for Labour in 2015 reveals that nearly a third (29%) would support a different party if a general election was held today.

A Labour source said: “MPs and members were worried about their prospects at the next election under Corbyn, but thought they had four years to turn things around. Now many fear they may have just four months if a snap election is called.”

The development looks likely to be the most serious threat to Corbyn’s leadership yet, with many MPs claiming that he must be unseated by the end of the week for Labour to remain an electoral force.

It surprised many that Corbyn was voted by party membership as leader, and he seems to have failed to transform from maverick backbencher to widely popular leader.

And David Cunliffe agrees that Labour has a Corbyn problem:

John Drinnan Retweeted David Cunliffe
Corbyn lack of leadership was dismal imo

has been virtually invisible I agree

So was the swing hard left a mistake? Or was Corbyn simply the wrong gamble?

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31 Comments

  1. David Cunliffe – talking about leadership????? Comedy Channel will be in contact soon Mr Cunliffe you are brilliant…

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    • Gezza

       /  26th June 2016

      Missing Missy’s input for the low down on Benn.

      Don’t too much like the idea of a bloke with a girl’s name, & who’s a teetotaller and a vegetarian, having too much say on anything at the moment.

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      • Missy

         /  26th June 2016

        I don’t know much about him Gezza, he did an amazing speech in parliament last year in support of strikes against ISIS – against his leader, and the party’s supposed official position.

        http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2015/12/full-text-of-hilary-benns-extraordinary-speech-in-favour-of-syria-airstrikes/

        He is very popular with his fellow MP’s, and seems to be an intelligent and likeable person. His father was also an MP and very popular too.

        I am surprised he lasted as long as he did in Shadow Cabinet, from my understanding he doesn’t like Corbyn and Corbyn hates him.

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        • Gezza

           /  26th June 2016

          Thanks Missy. Report back on develpments you know I enjoy your despatches.

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        • spanish_tudor

           /  26th June 2016

          That amazing speech (and it was terrific) is why Corbyn hates him. While Benn was speaking in the Commons in support of ISIS strikes, Corbyn sat behind him with a face like a slapped arse.

          Also, Benn is the son of Corbyn’s mentor, Anthony Wedgwood (Tony) Benn, patron saint of the dour UK hard left.

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  2. Kevin

     /  26th June 2016

    Bad news for the Conservatives if Corbyn goes. Unless of course he gets replaced with someone even worse.

    “It surprised many that Corbyn was voted by party membership as leader, and he seems to have failed to transform from maverick backbencher to widely popular leader.”

    UK Labour made it so that anyone could be a party member. Conservatives used this to their advantage by becoming members and voting in a womble as leader of the Labour party. It’d be like NZ Labour doing the same thing here and the Natz voting in Arden as Labour leader.

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  3. Zedd

     /  26th June 2016

    looks like the ‘whole face’ of UK politics is about to get a total shakeup ? :/

    whilst ‘brexit’ seems to be ‘championed’ mostly by the ‘extreme right’ it has divided the whole UK (Eng, Scot, Ire, wales).. interestingly ‘working class’ also voted to ‘brexit’ 😦

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    • Gezza

       /  26th June 2016

      Now they have to get inventing, and making good stuff, and trading.

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    • Missy

       /  26th June 2016

      Zedd, Brexit wasn’t championed by the ‘extreme right’ some of the vocal campaigners, and one of the best performers in the debates, on the issue was a Labour MP. Media reporting is not the reality, they were (and still are) framing the story to make it seem like a far right takeover, it is much more complex than that.

      There is some anecdotal evidence that the ‘UKIP’ voters who voted for Brexit were disenfranchised Labour voters who didn’t want to vote Tory last year, but felt betrayed and let down by Labour – no evidence, except in some of the areas with strong Brexit votes are also areas that were once Labour strongholds that have had a massive swing to the Tory’s and, especially, UKIP over the last few elections (I include local elections in that).

      You are as bad as the media and Remainers assuming those that voted Brexit are far/extreme right, it is this fallacy, and assumption, that led to the Brexit vote as ordinary people with genuine concerns were dismissed as far right nutters.

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      • Missy

         /  26th June 2016

        I would add to that, the reality of Brexit will not be what the extreme right want, they are expecting no immigration, but most people campaigning – and who voted – for Brexit want controlled immigration. Two different things, but sadly those on the extreme and hard left, and in the media, framed all Brexit supporters who mentioned immigration, as racist. I have to say, it is sad that I see so many of my NZ friends buying into that without understanding the reasons for the leave vote – which was not primarily about immigration.

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  4. Missy

     /  26th June 2016

    BBC political reporter Laura Kuenssberg has tweeted that she has been told half the shadow cabinet will resign this morning – watch this space!

    It is getting very interesting indeed.

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    • Missy

       /  26th June 2016

      apologies she is the BBC Political Editor – gotta get the title right!

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  5. Blazer

     /  26th June 2016

    In the shuffling madness
    Of the locomotive breath,
    Runs the all, time loser,
    Headlong to his death.

    He feels the piston scraping
    Steam breaking on his brow
    Old Charlie stole the handle and
    The train it won’t stop going
    No way to slow down.

    Read more: Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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  6. Missy

     /  26th June 2016

    The first of the Shadow Cabinet resignations has come in – Heidi Alexander, the shadow secretary of state for Health has just announced her resignations.

    If BBC are correct, there will be a number more before the day is out in order to try and force Corbyn to resign.

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  7. @DMcCaffreySKY
    BREAK: From Jeremy Corbyn office: There will be no resignation of a democratically elected leader with a strong mandate from the membership.

    So if Corbyn refuses to resign Labour will limp on with a divided caucus. and if Corbyn resigns Labour will limp on with a divided caucus.

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    • Missy

       /  26th June 2016

      Corbyn is showing his arrogance in this, he isn’t thinking of what is best for either the party or the labour base. He hasn’t been performing, but many of the labour leave felt that his campaigning for the Remain side was the last betrayal after 40 years of being anti EU.

      It is more and more looking like Corbyn is doing all he can to hold onto power, at the expense of Labour supporters and the Labour party.

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      • Gezza

         /  26th June 2016

        I’d pop on over to TS for a look but I can’t even keep up with all Pete’s posts and the comments today. I can’t even find Al’s last snippy remark to me now.

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        • Missy

           /  26th June 2016

          I had a look there about an hour ago, general theme – Corbyn great leader and should stay, everyone else traitorous Blairites and should go.

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  8. Missy

     /  26th June 2016

    Twitter is obviously bored now with no more imminent resignations, the focus has gone on Tom Watson, who has been at Glastonbury and is currently returning. It is like they are on a Tom Watson watch….

    Glad to see folks on twitter are (in general) retaining a sense of humour this weekend. 🙂

    Oh, and if you are interested, Tom Watson is currently at the train station with an almost 3 hour wait for a train back to London – latest Tom Watson watch report! 🙂

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  9. Missy

     /  26th June 2016

    The Guardian are reporting on another Shadow Cabinet Minister resigning, so far I haven’t seen it on other news outlets. Gloria de Piero is the latest – spokesperson for young people.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/26/hilary-benn-revolt-jeremy-corbyn

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    • Gezza

       /  26th June 2016

      Crikey. Looks like a bloodbath.

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      • Missy

         /  27th June 2016

        I went out for 2 hours and 4 more resigned, bringing the total to 1 sacking and 6 resignations.

        This is a great weekend for political geeks.

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        • Gezza

           /  27th June 2016

          I think you’d better stay home Missy. They’ll all be looking for somebody to blame & the last thing you need is for someone to decide it’s all your fault.

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          • Missy

             /  27th June 2016

            Think you might be right Gezza.

            two more have gone, the are tumbling like dominoes…

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  10. Missy

     /  26th June 2016

    The spectator has a running tally of the resignations (still stands at 1 sacking and 2 resignations).

    http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/06/corbyn-coup-running-tally-frontbench-resignations/

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  11. Missy

     /  27th June 2016

    Most media have it standing at 8 resignations and 1 sacking (9 in total), but the Daily Mail are reporting 9 resignations and 1 sacking (10 in total).

    I am trying to find out if the Shadow Welsh Secretary has resigned or not.

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  12. Missy

     /  27th June 2016

    Tom Watson has been located, and is now back in London. 🙂 Darn, that game didn’t last long.

    He has spoken about today’s events, and The Spectator are speculating that the wording indicates he will not be supporting Corbyn, but no-one knows.

    http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/06/tom-watson-breaks-silence-over-labour-turmoil/?utm_content=buffer959f7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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