Left must show solidarity with the Corbyn 11 after Chris Elmore assistant Cal Parrish ‘celebrates’ prospect of their removal.from party
A right-wing staff member of Labour MP and senior party whip Chris Elmore has deleted Twitter comments he made that he would ‘celebrate’ the removal of left MPs from the party – and claiming that he was the victim of a ‘pile-on’ after he was questioned about the appropriateness of his tweets when he works for a Labour MP.
Cal Parrish responded to a tweet by the left ‘SCG’ group of MPs calling for the reinstatement of Jeremy Corbyn by expressing his delight at the prospect of the whole group being out of the party:
When asked about his connection to Elmore, Parrish does not appear to have denied it and instead appears to have complained journalist Aaron Bastani was inciting a ‘pile-on’ against him – but this can only be discerned from Bastani’s responses, because Parrish subsequently deleted his original tweet and locked his account:
Parrish’s problematic history goes further than today’s tweets. He has also tweeted excitedly last year about the publication of a book about the now-defunct ‘Change UK’ – a rival party to Labour formed by Labour and Tory defectors, often referred to as the ‘Tinge’ party because of racist comments by one of its founders – tagging in its former-Labour co-founders:
Skwawkbox contacted Chris Elmore’s constituency and parliamentary offices for comment and to confirm Parrish’s employment status, but no staff were taking calls and no comment has been provided despite voicemails. No way was available to contact Mr Parrish directly but his account still claimed, at the time of writing, that he works in Parliament:
Bad enough that an entitled Labour staffer feels free to talk about expelling all left MPs from the party on the day that the party’s national executive is meeting to vote on Corbyn’s future. But Elmore’s position as a senior Labour whip connects him to Keir Starmer’s decision to keep the party whip withdrawn from former party leader Corbyn. His comments and subsequent indignation at being challenged are beyond inappropriate and Elmore needs to take action – and to comment on employing a staff member who gushed excitedly about a ‘Tinge’ book. Solidarity with the Corbyn 11.
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