Ian Austin, 2017 majority 22, claims Labour voters won’t vote for Corbyn, who that year won historic increase in Labour vote – and says ‘fortunate we’re not facing a general election’
Ian Austin – disliked even by other Labour quitters, according to Labour sources – has resigned from the Labour Party. Austin, who managed to win a majority of just twenty-two votes when the UK was witnessing the ‘Corbyn surge’, claimed voters tell him all the time they can’t vote for Corbyn.
In an interview with Sky News – full of curiously defensive hand-gestures – he also admitted he had been campaigning against Corbyn for years – and would not say he wouldn’t prefer a continuation of Tory government that has seen some 150,000 people die under its policies:
As well as the huge death toll linked to Tory cuts, Tory austerity has pushed millions into poverty – including well over four million children – and inflicted misery and despair on our most vulnerable people.
Yet Austin thinks it’s ‘fortunate’ the UK doesn’t have a chance to change its government.
What this blog wants to say is not printable. Chris Williamson MP said earlier that Austin is no loss to the Labour Party and spoke of Austin’s contempt for democracy. He didn’t go far enough – the Labour Party is infinitely improved by his long-overdue departure and Austin’s contempt clearly extends to the poor and vulnerable.
Ian Austin is an affront to politics and to the suffering millions of this country – and doesn’t even have the backbone to face voters.
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