Labour had £13m surplus at the end of Corbyn’s leadership, but MP who said Labour would be tougher on benefit claimants than the Tories thinks near-bankruptcy is his fault
Keir Starmer’s Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves appears to have decided that the way to convince voters they can trust Labour with the country’s coffers is by talking blatant nonsense about the party’s own finances.
The MP, who infamously once promised that Labour would be harder on benefits claimants than the horrors of David Cameron’s government, has told the Financial Times that Labour’s near-bankruptcy is – you’ve guessed it – Jeremy Corbyn’s fault. Corbyn, of course, left Labour in strong financial health for the first time in decades after a surge in membership and in hope of real change – with a £13.5 million surplus in the last year of his leadership despite having to fight and fund a general election campaign.
Reeves, an avowed fan of notorious antisemite Nancy Astor, also said that the huge exodus of Labour members along with around £8 million a year of their dues – including in her own constituency – since Keir Starmer became leader and dragged the party to the Stalinist right was a good thing:
The arrogance of claiming that 200,000 people, a third of Labour’s membership under Corbyn, who have left the part are all antisemites is staggering – and just goes to show the extent of the now-exposed antisemitism fallacy. But even more astonishing is the idea that Labour being on the verge of bankruptcy because of the exodus is great because they were the the wrong type of people.
By Reeves’s logic, presumably each of Starmer’s abject electoral failures under his leadership – record lows in by-elections and a string of local election humiliations even in its historic strongholds – is fantastic. You wouldn’t want the ‘wrong kind of people’s votes, after all, so really those have all been successes in the blighted minds and worldview of the Labour right.
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