Former Labour governance staffer Mike Creighton appeared in last week’s highly-criticised Panorama programme to criticise the party and its leadership.
But at the end of June he made a remarkable admission – that he has no interest in seeing Labour in government, but instead wants to win back control of the party.
Mr Creighton made his admission on Twitter:
A lack of interest in governing has, of course, been a criticism aimed by so-called ‘moderates’ at the Labour left and Jeremy Corbyn ever since Corbyn became the party’s leader in 2015 – although there was a lull after Corbyn came within a whisker of government and destroyed Theresa May’s parliamentary majority in the 2017 general election.
Mr Creighton is no stranger to that criticism of the left. He repeated it recently – less than eight weeks before saying he had no interest in Labour government himself:
In fact, the supposed left-wing failing was so important to Mr Creighton that he included it in an article he published to commemorate his retirement in 2017.
Alongside considerable praise of Tony Blair and comparisons of the Labour left with the BNP long before it was fashionable, Creighton made an interest in winning government the key supposed differentiator between his ideal version of the party and the left he hated:
[I learned this] in 83 and in 87 as a volunteer. And as a staff member in 92 and 97. And each and every time the Labour Party contests an election.Creighton in 2017
We can be a Party of Protest. On the other side of the road. On the other side of the barriers. Or we can be a party of power, this side of the road, this side of the barriers. Changing hearts; Changing minds; Changing lives.
I know which side I have tried to be on.
Shortly after he made this speech, Labour saw its biggest increase in votes since 1945 under Corbyn – and the Labour right inside the party’s HQ was revealed to have worked against it.
Now, instead of “Changing hearts; Changing minds; Changing lives”, Mr Creighton wants ‘his’ party back.
That’s quite a u-turn – and a significant confession.
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