‘The sheer arrogance of anyone thinking that turning up for a day with clipboards and nothing to offer will do anything but piss people off is laughable.’
Jeremy Corbyn’s son Tommy has issued a warning to Lisa Nandy and other figures of the Labour right hoping to unseat the former Labour leader at the next general election:
That’s not going to work.
And his response is not based on anything as vaporous as bravado. Corbyn the elder has been the MP for Islington North since before Tommy C was born – and the son has seen the locals’ admiration, respect and affection for his dad at first hand, as well as Corbyn’s remarkable connection with them and his list of achievements in the constituency. He tweeted his cautionary tale to Nandy this afternoon, in a thread that quickly went viral:
Nandy’s comment last night that she would campaign against Jeremy Corbyn in Islington North also sparked a rush of volunteers from all over the country saying that they would travel to Islington to campaign for him – and others saying they would travel to Wigan to unseat Nandy.
Corbyn retained his seat in the 2019 election with his habitual outright majority, receiving more than 64% of the vote while his nearest challenger managed only 15%. Nandy won Wigan by just over 6,000, so Keir Starmer’s toxicity in the north makes hers a potentially marginal seat.
Typically, only 6% of voters say the identity of their MP has anything to do with their voting decision. Lisa Nandy is highly unlikely to buck that trend, but it looks likely that Jeremy Corbyn is an exception proving the rule for the rest.
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