Sir Keir Starmer should return to Labor membership and take a new “mandate” if he fails to deliver on promises made during the leadership contest, a former shadow cabinet minister has said.
The message from Andy McDonald, who left the frontbench on Monday, came as a series of lawmakers from the party’s left faction stood out at a rally on Wednesday evening to criticize the leadership, with one accusing Sir Keir of “waging war on the left”. ” Accused of. .
On the evening before the Labor leader’s first major personal address to party representatives, another left-wing lawmaker described the convention as “terrible”, while a third claimed the leadership was “missing in action” as the country faces several crises. Was lying. .
The rally – organized by The World Transformed on the sidelines of the convention – included John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn, Richard Bergen, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Zarah Sultana, along with other MPs from the Parliamentary Socialist Campaign Group.
The incident underscored the wide divide between the Left and Sir Keir’s leadership, with lines at Labor’s annual conference on the party’s rulebook raising concerns that the leader will overstay on key pledges set before succeeding Mr Corbyn in 2020. retreating, and the resignation of a shadow minister making a scathing attack on Sir Keir.
On the final day of the convention, the left-wing Bakers Union also split from Labor – a move described by Ms Long-Bailey at the rally on Wednesday as a “very dark day” for the party.
In a message read to activists, Mr McDonald, who left the frontbench on Monday over the campaign to introduce a national minimum wage of £15-an-hour, reiterated his criticism, but also suggested that Sir Keir should be reinstated. Must be subscribed.
“My message to Keir is that he must return to the 10 pledges on which he was elected to the leadership by Labor members. Comrades, if he fails to do so, he must seek another democratic mandate from membership. I should go back,” he said.
“If the leader has any respect for democracy and our members, I call on him to respect the conference decision taken this afternoon on the national minimum wage of £15 an hour.”
Richard Bergen, a key member of Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, also said in remarks that the Labor leadership was “missing in action” despite the country facing a crisis on several fronts.
Referring to the rule changes for future leadership competitions, he continued: “Labor leadership could have come up with the best bloody rule change. It ended in the bizarre chaos of a Labor leader – a Labor leader – of Brighton. Was trying to draft my own redundancy terms around.”
The MP said: “The rumors of Labor’s death are somewhat exaggerated. Labor Labor will again one day win the election of leadership. “
In his speech on Wednesday evening at The World Transformed, Mr Corbyn said he was “so depressed” that time had been set aside at the conference to discuss a rule change “no one wanted, no one asked, and No one demanded”.
In scathing remarks, the Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP said: “This has been an awfully terrible conference with an awfully terrible leadership.
“the problem is that” [Sir Keir] May be a very nice man, but he is not a politician for the Labor Party,” he said.
“No politician worth his salt would be willing to try and enforce rule changes throughout the convention. No politician worth his salt would wage an internal war against a party when we have the worst in history.” governments.”
And in a message aimed directly at the leadership, Zara Sultana, a member of Labor’s 2019 Seven, said: “Instead of waging war on the left, purge the members, provide the Tories with genuine opposition – do your job.”
A second member of the 2019 Seven, Nadia Whittom, said some delegates would leave the convention “disappointed”, with leftists “facing heavy attacks” and “undermining” democracy in the party.
But he added: “For those of you who are looking to leave the party, I urge you to stay. It’s a long game. The party’s right wants you to leave, not play into their hands.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /