Rows in British Labour party

This video from Britain says about itself:

John McDonnell MP addresses the Hands Off The People Of Iran weekend school on June 14-15 about the anti-war movement and the political challenges HOPI faces.

From British daily News Line:

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said: ‘Everybody in the [governing Labour] party is worried about the fact that we are behind in the polls. The question is what is the right thing to do, and I don’t think changing our leader is the right thing to do.’

Benn went on to claim that [Prime Minister Gordon] Brown ‘was chosen overwhelmingly by the party when he was elected last year and I think he’s the right man for the job’.

In fact, there was a ‘coronation’ of Brown last year and no election.

John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, who sought to stand against Brown last year [but was prevented by the party bureaucracy from being a candidate], said: ‘Most Labour Party members are looking on aghast as the Blairites and Brownites fight an irrelevant turf war.’

He said that there were ‘no policy differences whatsoever between the Blairites and the Brownites’, adding that it is their policies that are making the Labour government so unpopular in the opinion polls and their conflict was ‘like watching the crew having a punch-up on the deck of the Titanic’.

He went on to call for an election where policy differences should be aired and voted upon.

More extensively, at McDonnell’s blog: here.

See also here. And here.

Labour party activists polled: here.

2 thoughts on “Rows in British Labour party

  1. Monday, 15th September 2008

    MP sacked as Brown envoy

    The Labour MP for Brent North in north London has lost his post as Gordon Brown’s representative after calling for a challenge to his leadership.
    Barry Gardiner was axed as the Prime Minister’s special envoy on forestry after joining other backbenchers in asking for nomination papers to trigger a leadership contest to be sent to MPs ahead of next week’s party conference.

    Mr Brown’s spokesman told reporters that Mr Gardiner had been removed from his post “by mutual consent” over the weekend.


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