Hopeless Labour leader now back to trying to increase proportion of MPs to trigger contest to more than 100
Overnight, Labour’s titular ‘leader’ Keir Starmer has abandoned his plan to rob Labour members of a meaningful say in leadership votes after it became clear that even the right-wing unions’ contempt for him meant he was about to suffer a humiliating defeat.
Starmer now plans to change tack to raising the number of MPs required to trigger a leadership challenge to half – more than a hundred on current numbers, with a fallback of 25%, up from 20% (and a tactic he had already binned in the face of union opposition to the electoral college plan) – in a desperate attempt to stave off the inevitable, as well as raising the bar for deselecting MPs, scrapping the ‘registered supporter’ category and potentially an attack on the voting rights of those of those who affiliate via unions and socialist societies.
There is no guarantee his tin ear and leaden feet with the unions will let these changes fare any better, of course.
Meanwhile, a protest against his acting general secretary David Evans, who faces a knife-edge conference vote on whether he keeps the role, is building.
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