Phil Wilson admitted in 2019 that his anti-Brexit fervour was Sedgefield driving votes away, yet attacks one of the few Labour MPs who warned against it for writing about Labour’s disconnection from working-class people in nearby Hartlepool
Former Blairite MP Phil Wilson has been ‘owned’ on social media after launched a ‘snark attack’ on working-class MP Ian Lavery, after Lavery dared to write about Labour’s disconnection from working-class voters and the problems the party faces in the Hartlepool by-election.
Lavery’s Tribune article warned that “Hartlepool wants real change, not empty words” – and that Labour’s ‘lost touch with its working-class roots’ under Starmer means that the party is in danger of losing the working-class north-east town to the Tories.
Wilson – in an echo of last week’s ‘coordinated’ attacks on working-class MP Jon Trickett and union leader Dave Ward for speaking out about Hartlepool and working people – posted a snide tweet criticising Lavery and rounding off with a comment on Lavery’s narrow majority in 2019.
But Wilson did lose his seat in 2019, as was quickly pointed out in tweets like these that ‘owned’ the Blairite Wilson:
And Wilson – who co-authored the infamous ‘Kyle-Wilson agreement’ pushing a new referendum – knew full well why he was losing Sedgefield voters even before the result, telling the Guardian:
Lavery, by contrast, was one of a small group of Labour MPs who had warned consistently of the damage that Labour’s Starmer-driven Brexit u-turn was going to do to the party’s number of parliamentary seats. He didn’t have responsibility to ‘take’ for that damage – that was entirely down to the mostly right-wing MPs like Wilson and Starmer, who pushed for the u-turn despite the warnings of Lavery, along with Jon Trickett and others.
Phil Wilson’s biggest vote-share in his entire parliamentary career came, not under Tony Blair, but in the ‘Corbyn surge’ of 2017 when Labour promised to enact Brexit properly.
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