Cor­byn heck­led by Labour MPs

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Jeremy Cor­byn has en­dured an “ex­plo­sive” meet­ing of Labour MPs and peers amid a row over claims of a left-wing takeover plot.

The Labour leader was heck­led by MPs as he ad­dressed the par­lia­men­tary Labour party (PLP), with some said to be an­gry at the sug­ges­tion that they were fo­cused on in­fight­ing rather than cam­paign­ing.

Oth­ers felt their ques­tions on Mr Cor­byn’s strat­egy to re­vive sup­port were not be­ing an­swered, as an ICM opin­ion poll showed Labour 19 points be­hind the Tories.

Deputy leader Tom Wat­son was also sup­ported by a num­ber of Labour politi­cians af­ter pub­licly warn­ing the party’s fu­ture was at risk from hard left sup­port­ers of the leader who ap­peared to be plot­ting a “se­cret deal” with Unite union boss Len McCluskey.

One MP de­scribed as “ex­plo­sive” the dis­cus­sion over Mr Wat­son’s warn­ings about the ap­par­ent plans of Mo­men­tum, the grass­roots ac­tivists group that helped pro­pel Mr Cor­byn to the lead­er­ship, to link up with Unite.

It came af­ter a stormy meet­ing of the shadow cab­i­net ear­lier af­ter which Mr Cor­byn and Mr Wat­son is­sued a joint state­ment agree­ing to strengthen party unity. At the PLP, chair­man John Cryer dis­missed sug­ges­tions that Mr Wat­son was iso­lated.

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