Yesterday the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed that controversial ‘centrist’ MP John Woodcock had flown to Saudi Arabia on what local Labour members have described as a ‘secret’ visit, during the Easter recess used by many MPs for activities in their constituency.
Woodcock’s office team was unable to provide any information about the reason for the trip or what Woodcock would be doing there – but a little more detail is now available – and it’s unlikely to thrill many Labour members.
Woodcock has tweeted in response to news that a missile allegedly fired by ‘Houthi’ rebels in Yemen had been intercepted by Saudi defences above the Saudi capital, Riyadh:
Woodcock’s claim to be there ‘by chance’ was attacked by social media users, who pointed out that, judging by the other images he had tweeted, he also ‘happened’ to have viewed an apparently intact missile – and who both considered his visit to be a propaganda exercise and contrasted it with their perception of his silence on the massive human cost in Yemen:
Mr Woodcock has been reported to Labour’s National Executive Committee by his local members for his recent, persistent attempts to undermine the party’s leader. At least one commenter noted that his latest output might not improve their view or intentions:
Mr Woodcock has a background in PR and used to write a column for PR magazine, but does not appear to be managing his own public relations particularly well. He also claimed that “Nothing will distract me from standing up for our community” in his Cumbrian constituency, but it’s unclear quite how this visit during Easter recess constitutes ‘standing up for [his] community’.
Woodcock is not alone on his trip. A number of other right-wing MPs, including Momentum-hater-in-Chief John Spellar, have accompanied him.
Their members may also be brushing up on the procedures for deselecting their MP.
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