Seamus Milne's recent claim that Corbyn's PMQ attack lines are being leaked is nonsenseby John McTernan / June 3, 2016 / Leave a comment
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“This time they did because it leaked. It leaked from that meeting. It’s very annoying because it only happens about a third of the time but it obviously gives them a little bit of extra time. Whenever there is a leak it gives them that advantage. It gives them the advantage on TV as well.”
That’s Seumas Milne, Jeremy Corbyn’s Director of Strategy and Communications, talking to VICE TV’s Ben Ferguson in the fly on the wall documentary Jeremy Corbyn: the Outsider. Milne believes that someone in the staff closest to Corbyn, who helps prepare him for Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), had leaked the Leader’s planned questions for the Prime Minister directly to the Tories. The accusation could not be more serious. Loyal party staff were outraged by it, prompting Labour’s General Secretary Iain McNicol to write reassuring them:
“I wanted to write to you personally regarding the article in today’s Times “Corbyn spin doctor accuses Labour staff of PMQs leaks” and in light of the recent fly-on-the-wall documentary entitled Corbyn: The Outsider. Over the last five years I have seen first-hand the dedication, commitment and professionalism displayed by Party staff on a daily basis. I am incredibly proud of the work that you do, whether with elected representatives, activists and members to campaign and win elections, dealing with members of the public, or making sure our movement reacts quickly and effectively to the disastrous decisions of this dreadful Tory Government, to name but a few.
I wanted you to know, directly, that your work does not go unappreciated or unnoticed. A couple of Conferences ago I said that we were a ‘movement on the march.’ Every single one of you is an integral and vital part of that march.”
He said “I know this matter has upset a great many of you”…