Nandy rewrites history during bizarre BBC interview
Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy rewrote history during a bizarre interview with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg this evening.
In spite of resigning at the same time as (and in a joint letter with) eventual leadership challenger Owen Smith during the 2016 ‘chicken coup’ – and then co-chairing his campaign, Ms Nandy told Kuenssberg:
I am genuinely non-factional, I always have been
before going on to claim that Jeremy Corbyn and his front-bench team had declared war on Labour back-benchers:
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott described those back-benchers’ aim and conduct at the time when she wrote about a meeting between MPs and their party leader:
All this was necessary because some Labour MPs expressly did not want any time to consult with ordinary party members. On the contrary they were terrified that their members might actually find out how they voted. Hence the haste and the secrecy.
But the climax of all this was Monday’s parliamentary Labour party (PLP) meeting. MP after MP got up to attack Jeremy Corbyn in the most contemptuous terms possible, pausing only to text their abuse to journalists waiting outside. A non-Corbynista MP told me afterwards that he had never seen anything so horrible and he had felt himself reduced to tears.
Nobody talked about Jeremy Corbyn’s politics. There was only one intention: to break him as a man.
Nandy’s claims were not challenged by her interviewer.
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