Once Labour Leadership contender and great hope of the soft left Oily Smith has moved on quickly from his Parliamentary career after standing down at the 2019 election. Oily has, despite Coronavirus, managed to take up a lucrative lobbying gig at giant US-based pharma corporation Bristol Myers Squibb. The American firm made $26.1 billion last year alone. Appointed as an Executive Director this month, Guido hears he is heading up UK government relations…
Back in 2016, Corbynites jumped on his past working for large pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer and Amgen. His campaign kept hiring other big pharma lobbyists to help too. The big pharma associations, added to his support for PFI deals, forced an increasingly beleaguered candidate to insist he was not against the NHS. Now that he’s back working for US big pharma, maybe Momentum had him right all along…
I am shocked, chilled and appalled by what I’ve just seen on Panorama. Hearing the testimony of party members and former staff was harrowing. They are not “disaffected”, they have been incredibly brave. Very serious questions now have to be answered.
— Tom Watson (@tom_watson) July 10, 2019
Truly, truly awful watching @BBCPanorama tonight – to see the stress of former staff members who were trying to stand up to antisemitism but most of all to see the pain of Jewish members who our party has so badly let down
— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) July 10, 2019
I know some of the staffers on tonight’s Panorama. They joined the Labour Party, like me and most party members, because they hate racism as much as they hate poverty. A statement accusing them of having “political axes to grind” is deeply wrong and indefensible
— Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) July 10, 2019
Tonight’s @BBCPanorama powerful and shocking. Huge bravery shown by the young people who spoke out. This goes to the soul of what Labour stands for. And it’s not just about processes – it’s about the world view that created the permissive environment for all this.
— Pat McFadden (@patmcfaddenmp) July 10, 2019
Terrible to see vile abuse suffered by our Jewish comrades & the agonies of staff trying to kick racists out of our party, undermined at every turn by Leader’s office. #BBCPanorama
— Mary Creagh (@MaryCreaghMP) July 10, 2019
Attacking those who are brave enough to call out antisemitism is pathetic. And trying to silence anybody who challenges Corbyn’s failure to tackle Jew-hate is truly reprehensible.
If you deny Labour has a problem then you are part of the problem.
— Margaret Hodge (@margarethodge) July 10, 2019
After watching @BBCPanorama tonight, it’s hard not to conclude that Labour is being destroyed before our very eyes. We have been an anti-racist, internationalist, progressive party for a century. Corbyn & his clique are destroying our heritage, our reputation & our future 1/2
— Owen Smith (@OwenSmith_MP) July 10, 2019
Well I’m saying it even if no one else will. The buck stops with Jeremy Corbyn. I said at PLP a couple of months back that if we cannot deal with internal problems like this, we cannot ask the public to put us into Downing Street.
— Anna Turley MP (@annaturley) July 11, 2019
Is this the moment when Labour MPs finally stand up and do something about it? Or do they just go back to campaigning to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister anyway?
Top Remainer Owen Smith having a pop at the “Brexit-supporting” Times. Uhhh…
Will always be a mystery how Smith managed to lose to Corbyn…
Corbyn has sacked Owen Smith after he called for a second referendum. Distracts from the mural at least…
Sunday morning laughs for Corbynistas…
— Owen Smith (@OwenSmith_MP) 11 April 2017
Owen Smith’s twitter is an odd sight at the moment: 11 tweets have been posted asking for a retweet regarding a youth group in Pontypridd. Either hacked or really, really desperate for a re-tweet…