Infighting has erupted yet again—and both sides will fight to cling onby Jake Watts / March 28, 2017 / Leave a comment
Everybody knows that the Labour Party is in a dire position—it’s catastrophic polling serves as proof. But just as you thought Labour’s tumult had hit its peak, there has been yet another round of infighting.
Over recent weeks, Tom Watson and Jon Lansman have found themselves at loggerheads over the legitimacy of the grassroots Corbyn-supporting organisation Momentum. Lansman, who founded the group, advocated its members getting more involved in the party and taking over key positions within Labour’s structures. Watson argued that this is evidence of an attempt by the left to take over the party that must be stopped—and that Momentum should not receive any financial support from Labour’s affiliated unions. This stand-off was followed by the somewhat bizarre sight of Ken Livingstone, himself under suspension from Labour pending a decision over claims of anti-Semitism, calling for the suspension of MPs such as Wes Streeting and Chukka Umunna from the party for being disruptive.
These are all examples of a fundamental problem. Labour is failing to find any sort of basic consensus over what it is for, how it should be run and who should be in it.
Since its foundation, the Labour Party has managed to contain, side-by-side, a variety of strands of left-wi…