Stormy away day (in cen­tral London!) for feud­ing Labour

Daily Mail - - News - By John Stevens Deputy Political Editor

A LABOUR ‘away day’ turned into civil war as the deputy leader warned that al­lies of Jeremy Cor­byn were plot­ting to de­stroy the party.

Mr Cor­byn was also mocked for choos­ing cen­tral London as the lo­ca­tion of yes­ter­day’s shadow cab­i­net gath­er­ing, with col­leagues jok­ing that he suf­fers nose­bleeds if he leaves the cap­i­tal.

The Labour leader and his deputy, Tom Wat­son, were later forced to is­sue a joint state­ment agree­ing to strengthen party unity fol­low­ing the ‘stormy’ meet­ing at trade union of­fices in Eu­ston.

Mr Wat­son had ac­cused Jon Lans­man, the founder of Mo­men­tum – a hard-Left grass­roots group that helped pro­pel Mr Cor­byn to the lead­er­ship – of plot­ting to work with the Unite union to take over the party. As a re­sult, he was re­port­edly ‘laid into’ by se­nior fig­ures.

In their state­ment, Mr Cor­byn and Mr Wat­son later said: ‘The shadow cab­i­net met to­day to dis­cuss Labour’s pol­icy and elec­tion plans and had a ro­bust and con­struc­tive dis­cus­sion about the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead. The

‘Our so-called leader’

shadow cab­i­net agreed on the need to strengthen party unity.’

Mean­while Shadow Chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell yes­ter­day con­ceded Labour had made lit­tle progress in win­ning over vot­ers since 2015.

He sug­gested it could take an­other two years for signs of im­prove­ment to emerge – dou­bling his pre­vi­ous es­ti­mate for see­ing an im­prove­ment in opin­ion polls.

‘Over the next 18 months, 24 months, I think it will turn and we will be ready for the gen­eral elec­tion at that stage,’ Mr McDon­nell told the i news­pa­per.

The com­ments ap­pear to be a wa­ter­ing down of am­bi­tions since last month, when he sug­gested the sit­u­a­tion could be turned around ‘over the next 12 months’.

Mr Cor­byn was last night heck­led at a meet­ing of his own MPs, with one re­fer­ring to him as ‘our so-called leader’.

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