Labour MP and close ally of Jeremy Corbyn Jon Trickett has responded furiously to a claim in a New Statesman ‘whitewash’ of John McDonnell’s now widely-acknowledged take-over of Corbyn’s office.
The NS piece attempts to rubbish the take-over claims – and one of the planks of its argument is a claim that “All of Labour’s “Big Three” – the three shadow cabinet ministers to back Corbyn in 2015 and to serve continuously in his top team” – including Trickett – “have privately urged Corbyn to sideline his former chief of staff.“
This is presented as signifying a “long-term, broadly shared view among Corbyn’s parliamentary allies that Murphy’s wings needed to be clipped”.
But it’s untrue.
Trickett has furiously denied the claim, saying he was not asked by the NS before publication whether it was true and telling the SKWAWKBOX:
It’s absolute rubbish – and wherever Karie works her exceptional skills are vital to the party.
But it’s not just a question of accepting Trickett’s word for it. The SKWAWKBOX has seen, via a third party, correspondence sent not long before the move in which Trickett describes Murphy as “the best of the best of LOTO” – Corbyn’s ‘Leader of the Opposition’ team.
A senior Labour source described the Bush piece as a “whitewash” of the McDonnell situation, elaborating:
This is a clear attempt to deflect attention from what’s really going on.
The SKWAWKBOX has asked Stephen Bush, the author of the New Statesman article:
- where did you obtain the claim that Trickett participated in the attempt to ‘sideline’ Murphy?
- did you check with Trickett before publishing?
- will you be apologising to him
- why should anyone believe the rest of your article when it contains a verifiable falsehood?
No response had been received by the time of publication. If answers are provided, they will be added.
Many Labour and union insiders believe that Murphy was removed because of her success in resisting damaging attempts to force Labour into a ‘full-remain’, referendum-first position.
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