Labour break-away now expected on Monday – but number set to be countable on one hand
Right-wing MPs planning to leave the Labour Party appear to have had no fewer than three abortive ‘launches’ last Thursday and Friday.
The first was scuppered by the SKWAWKBOX’s revelation that parliamentary Labour sources were expecting Chuka Umunna to announce his departure on Thursday night, depriving Labour quitters of the ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’ headlines their egos had planned.
The following day, two separate bookings for large Portcullis House meeting rooms were cancelled by Umunna and another MP.
Now Labour sources say that the party expects a breakaway group – almost literally a ‘splinter’ group, given its size – to announce a departure tomorrow.
Assuming of course that timidity doesn’t win out yet again.
Those expected to bale out are just five MPs – a couple of those still ‘soft’ – with names that will surprise no one. A sixth MP is said to be still considering her options.
From a starting point of over seventy percent of the ‘PLP’ (parliamentary Labour party) just two and a half years ago who participated in the spectacularly unsuccessful ‘chicken coup’, the on-off-on(?) splitters can now muster barely two percent of Labour’s post-2017 complement of MPs.
And what a grouplet – MPs that almost no Labour members will miss and whose backs many, many, many will be more than glad to see.
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