Monday 5 December 2016

It's all change at Tory HQ and open warfare between Labour factions

As new PM Theresa May shows her steeliness, the Labour party is being destroyed by the hard-left, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 17/07/2016 | 02:30

'Labour's Angela Eagle, in mid-press conference about her intention of standing against Corbyn, was abandoned by the press as they ran to cover Leadsom's announcement of her withdrawal.' Photo: Getty
'Labour's Angela Eagle, in mid-press conference about her intention of standing against Corbyn, was abandoned by the press as they ran to cover Leadsom's announcement of her withdrawal.' Photo: Getty

On a Sunday afternoon in May, I was sitting in a pub with friends when Len McCluskey, the Unite General Secretary, brushed past our table, saw on it the pub's copy of The Sun On Sunday and said quite aggressively: "You shouldn't read that paper. It's fascist, racist, sexist. You shouldn't be reading it."

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This self-important, far-left bully is the man who brought the Labour Party Ed Miliband, helped create the crazy voting system that elected Jeremy Corbyn, and is keeping in power an incompetent who can no longer even staff his front bench. The party's Kingmaker has become its Destroyer.

It's just over three weeks since Leave won the referendum, causing consternation internationally and precipitating domestically an election for a new leader of the Conservative Party and an outbreak of a vicious Labour civil war between MPs and party members. We political junkies have been painfully distracted with the Westminster blood-letting, which commentators keep comparing to House of Cards and Game of Thrones, but many with little interest in politics have also been impatiently awaiting the next plot twist. Social gatherings have been dominated by incredulous announcements of the latest snippets from news feeds about the implosion of Labour and frenzied speculation about who's up and who's down among the Tories.

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