Lewisham Labour Candidate is Progress-Backed Prevent Champion

Having lost the Lewisham East selection, Corbynistas are boldly spinning that the successful candidate, Janet Daby, is one of them as she voted for Jezza for the leadership. Apparently her victory is proof of a new left-wing “hegemony” in the Labour Party. Not quite…

  • Her selection campaign was run by a rival faction on the right of the party, Labour First, led by Corbyn arch-enemy Matt Pound. Their operational success on the ground is infuriating Momentum and Unite.
  • She was the Progress candidate – the Blairite faction’s support was crucial in helping her win the selection.
  • Daby vowed to “continue Heidi Alexander’s work” campaigning to stay in the single market – a position directly at odds with Labour policy and Lexiteer Jezza’s plan to escape state aid rules.
  • Her role as a local Prevent champion will rile the left – how can Corbynistas who say Prevent is Islamophobic possibly back a candidate who has a key role in delivering the programme in Lewisham?
  • As a councillor, her centrist credentials go way back, even to 2010, when she backed Oona King against Ken Livingstone, a position she took once again alongside Progress.

Does that sound like Corbynista hegemony to you?

Diane Abbott Joins “Anti-Zionist” NUS President to Attack Counter-Terrorism

prevent-abbott-and-maliaDiane Abbott is joining NUS President Malia Bouattia at UCL tonight to attack the government’s  Prevent counter-terrorism strategy. The Shadow Home Secretary doesn’t support what used to be a bi-partisan counter-terrorism strategy…

She will be sharing a platform with the student radical who called her own University “a Zionist outpost”  and who managed to offend Jewish societies in 48 universities, who wrote demanding that she explain the numerous allegations of anti-Semitism levelled at her. Birds of a feather flock together…

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