Corbyn heckled by Labour MPs
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.