Despite an ill-fated attempt by the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs to re-instate Rebecca Long Bailey, Starmer has no intention to. Instead Guido is told a new Shadow Education Secretary will be chosen in days. Here are the runners and riders…
One member it definitely won’t be is Dawn Butler, who currently sits on the Education Select Committee. A colleague of hers on the committee tells Guido she has now missed seven meetings in a row…
Despite having compèred a speech for Corbyn just the other day, Lucy Powell has proved she remains hostile to the Labour leader, saying on Politics Live that there’s “no love” for Corbyn on the doorstep. Her denouncement pales in comparison to Bishop Auckland’s Helen Goodman, who made a point to include this message on her leaflets:
Naughty of Goodman…
Labour MP Lucy Powell was heckled while addressing a “Say No to Antisemitism” rally in Manchester yesterday with chants of “Corbyn Out”. Powell stopped the crowd and told them she was “100%” on their side:
“You don’t need to heckle me, because I’m on your side. I’m on your side 100%.”
She is not the only one. When are Labour MPs going to do something about it?
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) February 18, 2018
Brendan Cox is “showing how he’s going to change” says Jess Phillips, while Lucy Powell says “good for” him for “reflecting”.
— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) February 17, 2018
Compare and contrast with how they went after Toby Young over some tweets.
— After The News (@AfterTheNewsITV) October 24, 2017
Pressure is now coming from within Labour to withdraw the whip. Lucy Powell told ITV’s After the News that O’Mara should be suspended while he is investigated.
And speaking at the Mile End Institute last night Lisa Nandy also called for him to go:
“We have quite clear rules in the Labour Party about discrimination and the process is very clear too, that people who have engaged in anti-Semitism or other forms of discriminatory behaviour are suspended while… their case is investigated. We have a very clear process in the Labour Party that in my view ought to be upheld… In this case, just as in previous cases, it’s absolutely clear: we suspend and we investigate and we make a decision.”
Wonder if he will still have the whip after Guido’s next revelations…
Handbags in the Shadow Cabinet as Lucy Powell slaps down Diane Abbott for mocking her voice. The incident happened at Labour’s infamous ShadCab meeting on Syria, where according to the Guardian “there was a spat between Diane Abbott and Lucy Powell”, where “Diane… mimicked Lucy’s accent”. Powell hit back on the Daily Politics:
“Not quite my accent. Diane has her own approach to these things. It usually loses her the room, as they say.”
More forthright colleagues would have told her to “f**k off“…