Corbyn finally being challenged

After Jeremy Corbyn held fast to his leadership of UK’s Labour Party despite a resounding no confidence vote against him it looked like he had stared down any challenge.

But things have been fired up again with a challenger set to formally launch a bid. It is Angela Eagle, someone I’ve never heard of, but I’m not familiar with most UK MPs.

The Guardian reports: Labour leader and MPs set on collision course in a battle for party’s soul

An election that pits unions against ministers begins on Monday: and the mood is so poisonous that even the rules of the contest are a source of friction

On Monday in what aides say will be a “deeply personal” speech over which she has agonised for days, Angela Eagle will formally launch her bid to be leader of the Labour party, just as its very foundations appear to be crumbling.

Flanked by allies, she will explain her motives for seeking to unseat Jeremy Corbyn, only nine months after he was elected, and trigger a race whose very rules are deeply contested.

It is for that reason that Monday’s fireworks – all the more glittering, perhaps, forthe delay in them being launched – may prove to be just a sideshow to a more substantive political event the following day.

In delivering 51 MPs in support of a leadership bid to the parliamentary Labour party chair, John Cryer, Eagle will trigger the start of the contest. Indeed she has many more names than 51, and the same is true of the former shadow welfare secretary, Owen Smith, who is likely to join the race at some point in the coming days.

But it is on Tuesday, when a special meeting of the party’s governing body, the national executive committee (NEC), will be convened at Labour HQ, that the key questions over this campaign will be discussed and the fate of the Labour party as we know it shall be placed in the balance. It is set to be a day of high drama and much anger, but hopefully some clarity.

At the top of the contentious agenda will be whether Jeremy Corbyn, as incumbent, needs to collect 51 MPs himself to appear on the ballot paper.

It looks ugly.

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8 Comments

  1. Brown

     /  10th July 2016

    Ugly is good. For the first time in a generation these self centered bastards are nervous. The world would be vastly better off if that was the normal state of affairs.

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  2. The U.K. Seriously needs a system of Proportional Representation, both labour and cons have huge factional cleavages and it ends up putting voters off.

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    • spanish_tudor

       /  10th July 2016

      Pundits said the same thing about Labour and National here – that they would both split into factional parties (an urban/rural split for National, and a unions/the rest split for Labour) after the advent of MMP.

      Twenty years on, and neither has happened, or is likely to happen. (Labour’s current death wish is a whole other story.)

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      • J Bloggs

         /  11th July 2016

        It hasn’t for National (although perhaps a case could be made for ACT being the urban split off). OTOH, pre-MMP Labour has splintered into Labour (the unions), The Greens and MANA (the rest)

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  3. Gezza

     /  10th July 2016

    I wonder if and how much the Chilcott report showing Corbyn was right to resist having the UK sucked into the Bush/Cheney nightmare they created for everyone will feature.

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  4. Missy

     /  11th July 2016

    This will be not only ugly, but a brutal Leadership race, Corbyn is so blinded by vanity and power he seems to be finding it difficult to accept defeat.

    This is the last thing the UK needs as they head towards the most momentous moment in their history in decades.

    They currently are in limbo with Government leadership, and have an incredibly bitter and divided opposition, as David Cameron said about Corbyn not resigning – it may be good for his party, but it is not good for the UK, (paraphrased – but that is the gist).

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    • Morning Missy 🙂 It looks to me that Corbyn would rather not be there, but has been told that Momentum put him there, that they have objectives and if he “capitulates to the status quo” those hopes, dreams and objectives are toast. There’s no pragmatism in Momentum and even less chance of any policy implantation, let alone government. A motley mix of malcontents. Imagine this grey little man – hated by virtually everyone of your colleagues and probably even knowing his presence was destroying an old and proud party’s chances of electoral success. It’s a Catch 22 situation.

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    • Blazer

       /  11th July 2016

      ‘Corbyn is so blinded by vanity and power he seems to be finding it difficult to accept defeat. ‘….this is opinion based on ?

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