Three MPs have left the Tory party to join the quitters’ party. Corbyn should call an immediate no-confidence vote to expose their true motives and nature
The news that three Tory MPs – Sarah Wollaston, Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen – have quit the Conservatives in order to join Chuka Ummuna’s new pseudo-party will surprise almost no one.
By doing so they have already shown up the ex-Labour quitters.
The existing quitters’ eager acceptance of the new arrivals confirms that the ‘red Tory’ label they complained was ‘abuse’ from Labour members was entirely accurate.It also shines a spotlight on the hypocrisy of MPs who blamed Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit stance for their decision to quit and then immediately climbed into bed with three Tories who helped Theresa May to defeat Corbyn’s amendment that would have allowed Parliament to debate a new referendum:
But Jeremy Corbyn should call an immediate parliamentary vote of no confidence in the government. If – as is overwhelmingly likely – the new ‘group’ props up Theresa May, they will have exposed themselves beyond argument as nothing more than the ‘Tory lites’ that Labour members called them.
It will also show how terrified they all are of a general election, where they would all tumble into political oblivion – already indicated by their refusal to call by-elections so that the constituents who voted for them as Labour or Tory candidates can show whether the quitters how little appeal they have as ‘independents’.
The quitters have overreached – again – by exposing their shared values: war, privatisation and austerity.
Their tired Blairo-Tory politics – and the racism of a large percentage of their group – have been thoroughly discredited. Re-badging them as ‘new’ fools no one.
Time to call them out and show them up.
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