Labour warned: Don’t get cosy

Sunday Sun - - Comment&analysis -

LABOUR is pre­par­ing for its an­nual con­fer­ence, held in Brighton later this month.

The con­fer­ence may dis­cuss con­tro­ver­sial changes to the party’s rules, in­clud­ing the pro­ce­dures for elect­ing a party leader.

But al­though there could be some heated de­bate, Labour is now fairly united as a party.

Fol­low­ing June’s gen­eral elec­tion, crit­ics of leader Jeremy Cor­byn have been quiet.

Brid­get Phillip­son, Labour MP for Houghton and Sun­der­land South, has warned her col­leagues not to get too com­fort­able.

She’s re­minded them that they lost the elec­tion – and could lose the next one too.

Writ­ing in the New States­man mag­a­zine, she said Labour gained seats in June but is still 60 seats short of a ma­jor­ity, warn­ing: “I am de­lighted by all the new ad­di­tions to the Par­lia­men­tary Labour Party and pleased that there were so few losses, but I find it hard to re­joice in a re­sult that gives us fewer than ten seats more than we man­aged in 2010 when we were last kicked out of power.”

She added: “This was by far the worst Tory cam­paign that any­one can re­mem­ber ... even in a fight with that, we lost.” Brid­get Phillip­son

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