Soft left MPs’ anxiety over failure to overtake PM responsible for thousands of deaths and economic collapse puts party leader at risk of arithmetic
The anxiety of ‘soft-left’ MPs at Labour’s continuing inability to poll ahead of a Tory party lurching from scandal to scandal is set to combine with the anger of Labour’s left-wing ‘Socialist Campaign Group’ (SCG) MPs to spell trouble for party leader Keir Starmer.
Labour continues to trail behind the Tories, even though Boris Johnson has led the country to tens of thousands of needless deaths and the deepest economic recession among leading developed nations.
Left-wing MPs had already begun to agitate for a leadership challenge after Starmer used antisemitism as a pretext to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey from her education brief after she rowed with him over his haste to push for a return to schools in spite of the concerns of unions and health experts. Their anger has only deepened after Starmer’s lack of serious opposition over a string of serious issues and appalling Tory failings, as well as his decision to finally talk tough over something – and push even harder for a full return to school no matter what the situation next month.
But now soft-left MPs are also becoming increasingly twitchy over Labour continuing to trail behind the Tories – and more than enough are making quiet noises about backing a leadership challenge if the trend continues.
One non-SCG MP told the SKWAWKBOX:
Boris Johnson bears guilt for the appalling handling of the coronavirus outbreak and a lot of the deaths that followed. He can’t even claim he’s saved the economy by letting people die, but we’re still behind. It wasn’t meant to be like this and a lot of people are getting worried.
Certainly enough to take a challenger over the threshold of nominations required to force a challenge under Labour’s rules.
With Starmer showing no sign of changing the trend, the only real question is whether wavering MPs will hold their nerve long enough to see what happens in next year’s local elections, or lose it and back an earlier challenge.
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