Jez and John Strained Over “Succession Plan”

Allies of Jeremy Corbyn note that John McDonnell has been cosying up to Momentum, cultivating suspicions that the Shadow Chancellor is working on a secret “succession plan”. The “People’s Momentum” is the grassroots Corbyn campaign base, though McDonnell’s involvement with the group has ramped up in recent weeks. It has not gone unnoticed that McDonnell has begun travelling to Momentum meetings across the country, with increasing regularity. He attended Momentum’s East Midlands conference at the beginning of March, hugely impressing the 400-strong audience in Corbyn’s absence. He attended another Momentum event at Labour’s Llandudno conference last month. And he has also taken a keen interest in Thurrock Momentum, where they are currently pressuring the Labour-controlled council to pass an illegal budget. Corbyn does not want this to happen, yet McDonnell has been urging them on.

While the two men remain close, multiple Labour sources say the relationship has strained over speculation that McDonnell covets the leadership. Momentum’s supporters will be a crucial demographic in any future leadership contest, so it isn’t a coincidence that McDonnell is trying to boost his personal standing with them. Corbyn however has absolutely no intention of agreeing to any form of coronation whereby McDonnell takes over to fight the election. Jezza fully expects to still be leader in 2020. Momentum sources insist there is no evidence of any split or attempt to build a separate base. They suggest they are seeing more of John simply because he has more spare time than Jez. A Labour leader and his chancellor falling out over a succession plan, who’d have thought it…




Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Sky’s Faisal Islam on the mood in Parliament at the moment:

“It’s a totally febrile atmosphere here. It’s kind of like Game of Thrones meets House of Cards – and if you chuck in the Labour Party – Laurel and Hardy too.”

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.

Facebook

TRACKING #TORYLEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN 2016 TRACKING #TORYLEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN 2016
SEUMAS’ BAD IDEA SEUMAS’ BAD IDEA
FARAGE VICTORY SPEECH TO EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT FARAGE VICTORY SPEECH TO EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
LABOUR COUP DAY 3 LABOUR COUP DAY 3
INSIDE THE PLP: “THE WORST SPEECH I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE” INSIDE THE PLP: “THE WORST SPEECH I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE”
“SAVE JEZ” SUPPORTERS DEMAND “100 NEW MPS” “SAVE JEZ” SUPPORTERS DEMAND “100 NEW MPS”
CAMERON ON LABOUR: “AND I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING A BAD DAY” CAMERON ON LABOUR: “AND I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING A BAD DAY”
JUNXIT! JUNCKER FACING CALLS TO RESIGN JUNXIT! JUNCKER FACING CALLS TO RESIGN
Runners & Riders Runners & Riders
Social Media’s Filter Bubble Driving Political Anger Social Media’s Filter Bubble Driving Political Anger
4 a.m. Tom Watson 4 a.m. Tom Watson
Britain Votes For Brexit Britain Votes For Brexit
BBC Declares Brexit Winner BBC Declares Brexit Winner
Guido’s Referendum Best Bits Guido’s Referendum Best Bits
Bob Geldof Boat Passenger Votes Leave Bob Geldof Boat Passenger Votes Leave
Which Brexiteer Are You? Which Brexiteer Are You?
Referendum Day CCHQ Leak Referendum Day CCHQ Leak
Liz Hurley Backs Brexit Liz Hurley Backs Brexit
WHICH REMAINER ARE YOU? WHICH REMAINER ARE YOU?