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Sunday, 3 July 2016
Dear fellow members, re-Jeremy Corbyn and PLP Labour MPs who abuse power.
Here is the text of a letter I sent on July 1st, 2016, to the secretary of my local constituency Labour Party in Totnes, Devon, in response to the proposed agenda for our next meeting. It may be somewhat emotional in nature but I think the message within it is a reasonable one.
Dear fellow member,
I am rather saddened there is no agenda item to discuss firstly, the behaviour of Labour MPs who are attempting to ride roughshod over the wishes of a substantial majority of the Labour Party’s members and secondly to consider what to do about their inhumane humiliation of a decent man. Like many people I did not rejoin the Labour Party last year to be under the screw of self-important Blairite media sycophants, who take the stance that they know much more about things than us ordinary folks and who feel it is their right to bounce us into doing what they decide must happen.
I also knew when I rejoined the Labour Party that a substantial number of Labour MPs did not like the members’ decision to elect Jeremy Corbyn. You’ll remember for instance the nuances of Ben Bradshaw's* contribution at the meeting for new members that was held around Christmas at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel. Certainly at the time of that meeting it was clear there were people at Westminster who would work against Jeremy whatever he did. In my view the attack against Jeremy Corbyn has been orchestrated by a number of Labour MPs for some time and the referendum result offered them an opportunity to do this when the entire community was in disarray. The funny thing is Jeremy Corbyn had a very good referendum campaign being perhaps the only leading political figure on either side who was honest and did not manipulate figures in order to generate fear. I can’t actually remember any great contributions made by other leading members of the parliamentary party, though no doubt there were.
I write this all because these issues are not addressed in the agenda - in a very middle class English way it seems almost to have been denied - let’s not mention dirty things like an attack upon a properly elected leader of the Labour Party by those who would abuse power.
As for the referendum, there should never have been one. It came about as a consequence of the difficulties the Prime Minister was experiencing within the Tory Party and yet such is the power of the Westminster/ politico/media clique it ends up that the person being humiliated by this - is our elected leader.
I hope to be at the meeting on July 7th.** My temperature may be down then!
* Ben Bradshaw, Labour Party Member of Parliament for Exeter
** Since I sent this letter a motion deploring the action of the MPs of the Parliamentary Labour Party MPs has been placed on the agenda for the next constituency meeting on July 7th.