THE FUTURE existence of the Labour Party is at risk, deputy leader Tom Watson has warned amid claims that hard left supporters of Jeremy Corbyn are plotting a takeover in a secret deal with Unite union boss Len McCluskey.
Mr Watson said it was clear the threat was real after a recording emerged of the founder of Momentum – the grassroots activists group which helped propel Mr Corbyn to the leadership – discussing the prospects of gaining Unite’s backing.
Momentum was formed by Labour activist Jon Lansman, who was said to have told supporters he expected the union – together with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) – to affiliate to Momentum if Mr McCluskey wins his battle for re-election as Unite general secretary.
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Labour’s deputy leader has called on Jeremy Corbyn to “deal with” supporters who are plotting to take control of the party by joining forces with the Unite if Len McCluskey wins the general secretaryship.
It came after Jon Lansman, the leader of the Momentum campaign group which backs Mr Corbyn, was secretly recorded revealing that it plans to officially link with the union.
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Tom Watson was reacting to claims that the grassroots Momentum group – which helped make Mr Corbyn leader – is hoping to get financial support from Britain’s largest trade union, Unite.
Momentum’s Jon Lansman was reportedly taped saying that if Len McCluskey was re-elected as Unite general secretary, the union would affiliate to his group rather than just to Labour.