Labour ris­ing star caught up in ‘shoot rebels’ row

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Focus - By Si­mon Wal­ters PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

THE Left-winger tipped to suc­ceed Jeremy Cor­byn as party leader was last night dragged into a row over a union ac­tivist’s call to ‘shoot’ rebel Labour MPs.

Shadow Business Sec­re­tary Re­becca LongBai­ley re­port­edly failed to in­ter­vene at a union rally where pro-EU Labour MPs Chuka Umunna and Neil Coyle came un­der fire for not back­ing Mr Cor­byn over Brexit.

Ac­cord­ing to an eye­wit­ness, Unite ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber James Mitchell told the meet­ing it was time to ‘name and shame’ Ber­mond­sey MP Mr Coyle, adding: ‘We’ve told him to shut up… We need these peo­ple to un­der­stand what hap­pens if you don’t fol­low the party line. If the [party] whip needs a gun then shoot them.’

A source said Ms LongBai­ley did not de­mur as Mr Mitchell spoke.

She added: ‘We have to make sure Left can­di­dates are se­lected in mar­ginal seats to sup­port Jeremy.’

Both Labour and Unite de­clined to com­ment.

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