Jolyon ‘Jo’ Green is a and former head of press for the Labour Party and centrist former Labour member . In May last year, a couple of months after leaving the Labour party, he wrote an article for the Conservative Spectator warning of disaster for Labour at the ballot box:
A month later, the ‘Corbyn surge’ took Labour to its biggest increase in vote share since 1945.
Green’s recent Twitter feed includes digs at Labour’s current leadership and policy, as well as at Unite’s Corbyn-supporting General Secretary Len McCluskey. It would not be unfair to say his centrist colours are firmly nailed to the mast.
Last night, Jennie Formby – a Unite representative on Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee) – who has today declared her intention to apply for the position of Labour Party General Secretary following the announcement of incumbent Iain McNicol’s resignation, was the target of Green’s ire:.
Green also ventured further than merely tweeting screengrabs of some of Ms Formby’s old tweets. When the Huffington Post’s Paul Waugh tweeted about the desperation of right-wing members of the NEC to prevent the appointment of Ms Formby – who has the backing of both Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell – Green responded:
Jolyon Green was contacted for comment, but responded only to point out that he is no longer a Labour member and to confirm when he left the party.
It’s safe to say Jo Green does not want Jennie Formby to become Labour’s new General Secretary.
But tweeting her comments against Tony Blair, Blairites and the Iraq war – comments made long before she had any intention of applying for an important party officer position – will in fact underline her integrity and her suitability for the position in the eyes of the Labour member majority who voted overwhelmingly for Corbyn in two leadership elections, as well as for the left slate in the recent election of additional NEC members.
It may be an accidental endorsement – but for many members it will be a resounding one.
Full disclosure: Mr Green is decidedly not a fan of the SKWAWKBOX.
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