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Lucky break for Tories - letter to the Mail

March 13, 2019 9:36 AM
By Andy Hagon

The issue of anti Semitism seems to follow the Labour Party around. And the consequences are being felt. A recent YouGov survey said that 34% of voters thought Jeremy Corbyn was anti Semitic, 43% think the Labour Party has a problem with anti Semitism, and that 60% think Corbyn has been incompetent in dealing with the issue. Indeed, when it came to light what Chris Williamson had said about anti Semitism, even some of his own MPs were astounded at how slowly he dealt with the issue.

If Corbyn wants to be the Prime Minister, then he must surely show himself to be a competent leader. He certainly hasn't done this over Brexit, with a mixture of sitting on the fence, being ambiguous, creating 5 demands that he knows the EU won't accept and now getting behind a People's Vote. Mike Hill said that this wasn't a change in Labour policy but there's lots of you out there who disagreed with him (via the Hartlepool Mail's Facebook page). In fact, it was claimed recently that Labour had lost 100,000 members as part of a backlash on Corbyn's leadership over Brexit.

The breakaway group of mainly Labour MPs (forming The Independent Group) also pose a real problem for Labour, and Corbyn in particular. They have already forced his hand and there seems to be moves afoot to create 'an independent wing' of the Labour Party if Tom Watson cannot influence Corbyn's trajectory. These are worrying times for Labour who should be streets ahead in the polls (but are not). The Tories, who have caused so much hardship to our communities, probably can't believe their luck that Corbyn is in charge. 12 March 2019