October 25, 2015

MODERATE LABOUR IS TORY:

Tony Benn's granddaughter delivers blow to Corbyn by calling for policy chief to go (Toby Helm and Henry Zeffman, 24 October 2015, The Guardian)

Emily Benn, the granddaughter of Tony Benn and a former parliamentary candidate, has asked the Labour party to consider expelling Jeremy Corbyn's new head of policy, Andrew Fisher, for supporting the anarchist Class War party at the general election.

As recriminations grow over Fisher's appointment, Benn - who stood for Labour in Croydon South in May - has written to Labour's general secretary, Iain McNicol, saying that Fisher's previous behaviour "contradicts Labour party rules", which state that supporting a non-Labour candidate will lead to automatic expulsion.

Her dramatic intervention is a severe embarrassment to Corbyn, who was a close friend and political ally of the late Tony Benn. It reflects deep dismay across much of the party at the Labour leader's choice of a hard-left and notoriously outspoken individual to fill such a key role in his inner circle.

Posted by at October 25, 2015 10:20 AM
  

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