Even a glance at record destroys Starmer apologists’ reality-denial
‘Allies’ of Keir Starmer have resorted to laughable reality-denial in an attempt to deflect a demand by working-class MPs for a public apology from the Labour leader for the centrist betrayal of voters before last year’s general election.
Ian Lavery, Jon Trickett and former MP Laura Smith spent ten months touring thirty towns talking to working-class voters about why they abandoned Labour last December – and were told emphatically that those voters felt Labour had turned its back on them by showing contempt for their votes in the 2016 Brexit referendum.
The MPs have demanded a public apology – both to leavers for that contempt and to remainers for misleading them – from Starmer as the only chance of winning back the more than fifty leave towns Labour lost last year.
And ‘allies of Keir Starmer’ have tried to dodge the blame by claiming that Lavery and Trickett did not object to the party’s u-turn on its 2017 manifesto commitment to respect the referendum result:
But the claim is so laughably easy to disprove that it betrays both the desperation and the delusion of those who want to rewrite the history of the betrayal that sabotaged the 2019 election campaign and led to Labour’s defeat with the loss of more than fifty leave seats.
Northern working-class MPs fought constantly to drag Labour back on track and away from the centrists’ anti-democratic push:
So clear was Lavery’s determination to stand up for his constituents and others like them that the Labour right tried to force him out as party chair because of it:
And that stand did not change or diminish. Months after Lavery’s ‘rebellion’ – and just two months before the election – both he and Trickett were warning Labour’s leadership of the 2017 manifesto promise and the consequences of abandoning it:
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