Labour MP for Nottingham East Chris Leslie was not a happy bunny after the General Election. In spite of the ‘Corbyn surge’ that reversed the effects of 21 months of disloyal right-wing MPs, an unprecedented, relentless media onslaught, increased the number of Labour MPs by thirty when the party was predicted to lose up to one hundred – and increased Leslie’s own majority from just under twelve thousand to almost twenty thousand – Leslie couldn’t abandon his ridiculously anti-Corbyn position.
Two days after polling day, Leslie spoke to the BBC to talk of missing open goals and, ludicrously, to imply that Labour would have done better with a different leader:
That prompted a serious – and brutally frank – smackdown by former front-bencher Clive Lewis, who called the former Shadow Chancellor ‘a sad, lonely, bitter man’ and warned him he was putting himself in a ‘pretty difficult place’ for his lack of respect for Labour’s and Corbyn’s achievement:
But it seems Clive Lewis may not have been alone in his low opinion of Leslie’s behaviour. The SKWAWKBOX has received a copy of an email purportedly sent by a local councillor and signed by a huge number of Labour members in Leslie’s own constituency castigating him for it and calling on him to keep his mouth closed in public:
The names of about six hundred Nottingham East Labour members appear at the end of the email sent to Leslie. That a copy of it was subsequently sent to the SKWAWKBOX for publication suggests they may still be less than happy.
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