Those making thinly-veiled threats of deselection would do well to remember that Berger's success predates Corbynismby Jane Merrick / July 6, 2017 / Leave a comment
Where is the Glasto-love? Where is the sense of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” inclusivity which the supporters of the Labour leader/Real Prime Minister/Absolute Boy, in their post-election euphoria, proclaimed to have captured on a field in Somerset less than two weeks ago? What happened to the appeals for all wings of the Labour Party to come together and unite in the interests of winning the next election, whenever it comes? It has, it seems, been replaced by the hand-rubbing glee of Momentum activists seizing control of a safe Labour seat and their demand that its MP—who is currently on maternity leave—apologise for not being loyal enough to Corbyn. That’s one almighty comedown.
On Tuesday, Momentum won nine out of 10 seats on the executive committee of Luciana Berger’s Wavertree constituency Labour party. Roy Bentham, one of the new executive members who has regular bylines in the Socialist Worker magazine, issued the most thinly-veiled of threats that if she didn’t do as they said, she would be deselected. “Luciana needs to get on board quite quickly now,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “She will now have to sit round the table with us the next time she wants to vote for bombing in Syria or to pass a no confidence motion in the leader of the party—she will have to be answerable to us. We would like her to come out publicly like other MPs have done and apologise for not supporting him in the past.”
A chilling pattern of behaviour
The demand for an apology fits the Corbynite pattern of behaviour since the Labour leader performed better than expected on June 8—even though he did not wi…