Labour’s Neil Coyle conducted a scathing interview on Sky News, lashing out at Labour’s process to reinstate Chris Williamson, which involved both Keith Vaz and Huda Elmi. Curiously he presumably mistakenly referred to Keith as ‘Jim’.
“I think Jim Vaz needs to look at himself and wonder if he was in the best place to make that kind of judgement or whether he would be better off sticking to laundry quite frankly.”
Surely just a slip of the tongue…
Jim Keith is now opposing the decision he took yesterday to reinstate Williamson. Classic Labour competence…
Spare a thought for Labour MP Neil Coyle. Neil is perhaps the most publicly aggressive Corbyn-hating Labour moderate in parliament. An arch-Remainer, he is taking Brexit particularly badly. And his Bermondsey seat is under significant threat from the LibDems. So this weekend Coyle tried to cheer himself up by going shopping. In a package for the Sunday Politics, he paid a visit to the Brindisa Spanish food shop in hipster heaven Borough Market. It really is the pantry of the metropolitan elite, you can buy an “artisan selection box” for £65, a single Spanish ham for £800, as well as an assortment of expensive hampers and tapas sets perfect for a London Labour dinner party.
Set to sad, slow jazz, Coyle reported the sob story of how Brindisa prices are going up post-referendum. Brexit is just terrible, dahling, how will we ever afford our £800 Spanish hams now?
Potty-mouthed Neil Coyle tries and fails to sneak one past Mr Speaker…
Labour MPs are privately flipping out following Tristram Hunt’s resignation. Guido has got hold of an email sent by Core Group Negative MP Neil Coyle this lunchtime to his party’s campaign co-ordinator, the Corbyn ally Jon Trickett, giving him both barrels under the subject line “No clear plan. Poor leadership”:
From: COYLE, Neil
Sent: 13 January 2017 12:09
To: TRICKETT, Jon
Subject: No clear plan. Poor leadership.
Just a quick question given your role as our campaign lead: how do you and the leadership team aim to turn around Labour’s woes given the terrible ‘relaunch’, general polling, local election losses (including the shocking result in Sunderland yesterday), as well as the further by-election we now face.
Your tweet below appears to be dangerously close to coming back to bite your backside – only this time you have a direct say over the lack of clear plan and poor leadership.
Say what you really think…
— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) September 15, 2016
Neil Coyle is “fuming” after Corbyn’s campaign included his name in a list of Labour MPs who have, they claim, “abused” the leadership. Coyle has gone on TV to threaten to sue Corbyn personally for defamation. He’ll look a bit silly if he doesn’t go through with it now. What “abuse” did Coyle allegedly commit? Well he called John McDonnell an “utter disgrace” and accused him of wasting police time. Which is probably fair comment…
Labour moderate and Momentum victim Neil Coyle emails John McDonnell:
From: Neil COYLE
Date: 29 June 2016 15:04:56 BST
To: John MCDONNELL
I’ve just heard that a protest will be happening outside my office whilst I try and help constituents in my surgery on Friday. The police are involved and will be attending. Your support for this kind of activity is an utter disgrace and will waste police time as well as cause intimidation and harassment of my staff and constituents.
You should be ashamed.
McDonnell’s team point us in the direction of this tweet:
Please don't protest outside MPs offices.Staff feel threatened.Instead attend rallies & join party to have your say if you haven't already.
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) June 28, 2016
It’s getting nasty…