Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
Last updated 3 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
‘Call off the dogs,’ Umunna tells Corbyn
September 09, 2018
 Print    Send to Friend

LONDON: Chuka Umunna has implored Jeremy Corbyn to “call off the dogs” trying to drive centre-left MPs out of Labour.

The Streatham MP made the comments after a leading pro-Israel MP claimed so-called moderates faced a “clear and present danger” of being run out of the party by hard-left factions.

Umunna’s comments came after leading Joan Ryan, who chairs Labour Friends of Israel, and Luton South MP Gavin Shuker lost no-confidence votes among local party members.

Ryan blamed the result on “Trots, Stalinists, Communists and assorted hard-left,” while Shuker, who was elected in 2010, said: “I’ve not changed, but the Labour Party has.”

In a speech to the centre-left group Progress, Umunna, a former shadow business secretary, said MPs are being targeted for standing up for zero tolerance of racism.

“More motions such as this are expected by colleagues,” he said.

“My message to our leadership: it is within your power to stop this so call off the dogs and get on with what my constituency, one of the most diverse communities in the nation, demands we do — without equivocation, fight this Tory Brexit. That is where all our efforts should be.”

Umunna said the Brexit debate has normalised hatred and black and minority ethnic voters had “paid the price.”

He warned the Labour leadership it would be a “complete betrayal” of the party’s values to “act as a bystander and wave through this disastrous Brexit” and call for it to back a referendum on the final deal.

Umunna has backed The Independent’s Final Say campaign, which features a petition to Theresa May that has been signed by more than 700,000 people.

The Independent

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Post a comment
Related Stories
‘Labour vows to nationalise rlys in five years’
LONDON: A Labour government would try to nationalise Britain’s entire rail network within the first five years of taking office, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has clai..
Ukip faces ‘utter marginalisation,’ says Farage
LONDON: Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has warned his old party it faces “total and utter marginalisation” if it embraces elements of far right politics. The prominen..
Man dies after being detained by police in London
LONDON: A man has died after being detained by police in London. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said officers were called to a home in Bexleyheath by..
Corbyn aide under fire over ‘deep state’ comment
LONDON: The deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has accused one of Jeremy Corbyn’s senior advisers of spreading “fake news” with claims that the “deep state” is trying underm..
Labour should wave goodbye to Corbyn over new EU vote
LONDON: Labour members should “wave goodbye” to Jeremy Corbyn if he fails to throw his party’s support behind a fresh referendum, Sir Vince Cable has said. In his keyn..
Advertise | Copyright