The Anti-Corbyn Coup Plotters

Broke, Bright and British

With Corbyn creating such optimism on the Left, there were always going to be attempts from above to discredit and demonise his candidacy. In fact, when it became clear how popular he and his policies were, some right-wing Labour MPs immediately began to plan his demise. On July 19, the Independent reported on how one MP asserted “we cannot just allow our party, a credible party of government, to be hijacked in thissummer of madness”. This sentiment, the paper said, would lead dissident right-wingers to “immediately start gathering the 47 names needed [as 20% of the parliamentary Labour party (PLP)] to trigger a coup” if Corbyn became leader, with the aim of pushing him out of power “before Christmas”.

The coup plotters, upon raising the support of a fifth of the PLP for an “alternative candidate for leader”, would then have to call for a “fresh…

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About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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