WE can now name and shame 28 Labour MPs who have signed up as part of an undemocratic coup to oust Jeremy Corbyn.
Most have been part of a cabal with a right wing agenda since September 2015, ready to use any opportunity to topple the Labour Party’s democratically elected leader.
Their plotting has been an open secret. As a humble journalist I was able to name 28 would-be assassin MPs as far back as January in a published article entitled The Enemy Within.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell accuses many of the assassins of being linked to the Blairite campaign group Progress.
“They all come from a sort of a narrow right-wing clique within the Labour Party based around the organisation Progress,”
“I don’t think they’ve really ever accepted Jeremy’s mandate. I’m afraid they have to recognise that Jeremy got elected with the largest mandate of any political leader from any political party in our history.
“I’m afraid they haven’t respected that leadership election result.”
The move to oust Mr Corbyn is outrageous, and more than 185,000 ordinary Labour members and supporters have already signed an online petition of total confidence in Mr Corbyn – who already has a mandate as leader from the vast majority of party members.
These plotting MPs have no mandate.
Jeremy Corbyn has the support and mandate of the vast majority of the Labour Party and by acting as they are, they are pandering to their own narrow self-interest and political opportunism
These traitors must be put on notice: We are watching you, have noted your actions as traitors to the Labour Party and your time as a Labour MP is numbered.
As at 10pm on Sunday 26 June, we can name:
Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) *
Angela Smith (Penistone & Stocksbridge)
Ann Coffey (Stockport) *
Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) *
Caroline Flint (Don Valley) *
Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
Chris Leslie (Nottingham East) *
Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) *
Frank Field (Birkenhead) *
Gloria de Piero (Ashfield) *
Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East) *
Ian Murray (Edinburgh South)
Ivan Lewis (Bury South)
John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness) *
Karen Buck (Westminster North)
Karl Turner (Hull East)
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East)
Lillian Greenwood (Nottingham South)
Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)
Margaret Hodge (Barking) *
Mike Gapes (Ilford South)
Peter Kyle (Hove and Portslade)
Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston)
Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon)
Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central) *
Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South)
Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
- Those marked * were on the original list of suspected assassins, published in January
Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, has been a close ally of Mr Corbyn for three decades, and gave warning to the plotters.
“If your local MP is undermining Jeremy Corbyn, opposing the anti-austerity measures that we want, people should have a right to say: ‘I’d like to have an MP who reflects my view.’ It shouldn’t be a job for life,” he said.
The redrawing the parliamentary boundaries, as part of plans to shrink the size of the Commons from 650 MPs to 600, will provide the opportunity to move against some right wing Labour MPs.
Under the Labour rules for boundary changes, existing MPs have the right to be reselected for a new seat if they can claim a “substantial territorial interest” of at least 40% in the new seat.
But reselection battles could be triggered under the current rules in many of the 206 Labour-held seats in England.
Just 36 will remain unchanged while in 54 of the seats the proposed boundary changes will be larger than 40% of the territory of the constituency, potentially opening them up to new candidates.
Many of these plotters have narrow majorities – John Woodcock’s (Barrow and Furness) for instance is only 795.
But Mr Corbyn still has a number of allies within the parliamentary party, led by John McDonnell, Andy McDonald, Dennis Skinner, Jon Trickett, Ronnie Campbell, Catherine Smith, Graham Morris and Diane Abbot.
In the past 18 hours Paul Flynn (Newport), Emily Thornberry (Islington South), Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central) , Richard Burgon (Leeds East), Ian Lavery (Wansbeck), Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) and Jon Trickett (Hemsworth) have all put their heads above the parapets to support him.
Paul Flynn condemned the plotters as: “Orchestrated treachery. Resignations on the hour by the future Blair Tribute Party. Self-indulgent party games as steel jobs are in new peril.”
And this afternoon, shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham (Leigh) joined them.
“At an uncertain time like this for our country, I cannot see how it makes sense for the Opposition to plunge itself into a civil war,”
“I have never taken part in a coup against any leader of the Labour Party and I am not going to start now.
“It is for our members to decide who leads our Party and 10 months ago they gave Jeremy Corbyn a resounding mandate. I respect that and them.”
- Please note we cannot do this alone. We as Labour Party members, associate members and supporters must unite around Jeremy Corbyn. Please help add to the list by sharing this article and posting comment on social media so we can expose all the plotters.