Right-wing Blue Labour publicly castigates Watson for attacks on Labour staff and lack of connection with working class
Blue Labour is a ‘small-c’ conservative pressure group within the Labour Party. It has broken cover with a dim view of Labour deputy leader Tom Watson’s constant media appearances and interviews against Labour’s leadership and Brexit policy.
Watson had again spoken to the media claiming Labour needs to both support a new referendum and campaign to remain – even though, as Andrew Neil pointed out in a televised humiliation of Wes Streeting, this would mean Labour trying to negotiate a positive Brexit deal and then campaigning against it.
This latest attempt to damage Labour was a step too far for Blue Labour, whose Twitter account publicly attacked Watson both for yet another attack on Labour’s leadership and Corbyn’s staff and for being hopelessly out of touch with Labour’s working-class base:
Watson’s attack on ‘LOTO’ staff is part of a clearly-coordinated effort on the part of remain ‘ultras’ and Corbyn’s entrenched opponents to isolate Labour’s leader from his most steadfast support – an attempt to quarantine him, since they can’t defeat him in a leadership contest.
But clearly the tactics have become too transparent even for a significant right-leaning group of Labour MPs who recognise that Corbyn’s attempts to bridge the Brexit divide while respecting democracy are the right way to reach the working-class Labour voters many of them represent.
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