Labour rising star caught up in ‘shoot rebels’ row
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.