Labour insiders say plan agreed and communicated via WhatsApp group
Senior Labour Party sources say that the party’s right-wing MPs have been told to take an apparently positive line on Jeremy Corbyn’s invitation to MPs of all parties to support a no-confidence motion against Boris Johnson’s government – but with a disguised barb designed to undermine the Labour leader.
Sources told the SKWAWKBOX they believe that the plan was discussed and communicated in a WhatsApp group set up by so-called ‘centrist’ MPs and is intended to give an appearance of support for Corbyn’s strategy, while laying a trap to be sprung that will bypass the party’s democratically-elected leader if a no-confidence vote is successful.
One source told the SKWAWKBOX:
It’s fake ‘support’, but they’ve agreed they’re going to push a line that Jeremy should be the ‘first’ to try to form a government if a no-confidence vote succeeds – but that others should have a go if he ‘fails’.
If the motion passes, they’ll immediately withdraw support to prevent Jeremy being able to support a government and swing in line behind one of their own candidates that they’ve already been pushing in the media. It’s a trap and not a very subtle one.
Certainly a number of right-wing Labour MPs have made tweets today that bear a striking similarity to the tactic outlined.
A similar line is propagating among Establishment commentators and the same Labour insiders expect LibDem leader Jo Swinson – who spent time with the Labour’s notional deputy leader Tom Watson earlier this week, to switch tack, from Tuesday’s embarrassing outright rejection of Corbyn’s plan to a similar line in the next day or two.
Jeremy Corbyn’s bold move in sending his letter to MPs of various parties on Wednesday night blindsided the centrists who have been cynically using the idea of an interim government to try to block his route to Number 10 – but Labour insiders believe the new plan is a desperate but equally cynical attempt to retrieve the situation under camouflage of ‘fake support’.
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