Derby North MP Chris Williamson has embarked on a ‘Democracy Roadshow’ with union man Tosh McDonald to talk to Labour members about the democratisation of the Labour Party to reflect the views and aims of its huge membership. It’s an initiative that shows Labour is in a class apart – no other UK-wide party would be able to mount something similar, let alone fill venues for it and have to add dates and locations.
Yet a few in the party are less than thrilled about it.
Redcar is in the north-east of England and about as far from Bermondsey in London as you can get. Yet right-wing Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle felt exercised enough this morning by a Williamson tweet mentioning the seaside town to make a snarky comment about it:
The tweet is not without irony. Mr Coyle was widely predicted to lose his seat in last year’s general election, yet increased his majority from a little over 4,000 to almost 13,000 as a result of the ‘Corbyn surge’ – yet his post-election gratitude didn’t last long and he was attacked by constituents and others who helped in his campaign for his attitude, as well as by one of his neighbouring MPs.
Williamson, on the other hand, won back his seat and has thrown himself into the task of supporting Labour’s leadership and energising the members in a manner fully in line with the party’s direction that is inspiring voters.
Seems at least some ‘centrists’ are feeling grumpy. Perhaps Williamson and McDonald need to add a London venue to their tour. Bermondsey’s nice, we hear – and Labour members there might well be glad to hear what they have to say.
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