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Gordon Brown’s speech provokes scuffles amongst Labour MPs

16 August 2015

4:22 PM

16 August 2015

4:22 PM

So, funnily enough, Gordon Brown’s speech about his party’s leadership election hasn’t been that well-received by some quarters of Labour. There are some interesting people who are inevitably claiming he’s a Tory, but what’s more interesting is the way it has gone down with Labour MPs.

Clive Lewis, for instance, seems to be quite keen to help the Tories out by saying that the guy who was Labour Chancellor and then Prime Minister during its last time in power isn’t credible:

Graham Allen thinks Brown should have been talking about something else:

And supporters of rival camps are starting to do the Twitter equivalent of mud-wrestling:

All of which underlines that the Tories don’t need to prance around briefing Sunday papers about their cunning plans to humiliate Labour this autumn: the party is already in enough of a mess that any vote that comes up at any stage will send it into spasms. As an aside, the Tories really shouldn’t be briefing that they are using legislation on important issues as some kind of elephant trap for Labour if they want to improve their image as a party that takes the moral high ground and cares about people on the lowest incomes: government bills are supposed to be ways of the government making this country a better place, not a big fun Whitehall version of backgammon.

But it is clear from the way even those within the House of Commons are behaving that the result of the Labour leadership contest will not reunite the party, regardless of who wins.

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