Labour risks becoming the “new nasty party”, leadership candidate Angela Eagle has warned.
Ms Eagle borrowed Theresa May’s famous 2002 description of the Conservatives as she called for action from the Labour leadership on “abuse, misogyny, homophobia (and) anti-Semitism” affecting the party.
Her call came shortly after Labour’s National Executive Committee suspended all local party meetings amid reports of intimidation, bullying and threatening behaviour, and just days after a brick was thrown through her own constituency office window in Wallasey on Merseyside.
Corbyn aide apologises after comparing Turkey coup to Labour leadership battle
An ally of Jeremy Corbyn has attempted to link the failed coup in Turkey to Labour MPs’ efforts to oust the party leader.
Labour’s election co-ordinator Jon Trickett, the MP for Hemsworth, was forced to apologise and withdraw a tweet in which he wrote: “Coup organised by a small group against elected leader fails because of lack of rank and file support.”
The vast majority of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) is engaged in a battle to replace Mr Corbyn after most of his shadow cabinet resigned and 172 MPs backed a no confidence motion in the party leader following the EU referendum.
Smith warns that Labour faces disastrous split
The Labour Party is heading for a disastrous split, leadership challenger Owen Smith is to warn today.
Launching his bid to topple Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Smith will say it is time for a new generation of MPs to come forward.
Speaking in his Pontypridd constituency, Mr Smith will say: “This is a moment of deep peril for Labour, if we carry on as we are the party I love will end up in a disastrous split. I am not prepared to let that happen.