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Watch: Paul Mason has doubts about voting Labour

19 April 2017

12:23 AM

19 April 2017

12:23 AM

With Labour firmly on the back foot over Theresa May’s call for a snap election, many MPs tonight used a meeting of the PLP to raise concerns over their prospects in an early election. So, surely the Corbynites are doing everything they can to help their comrades cling on?

Well, perhaps not. Tonight Paul Mason — the journalist-turned-left-wing-revolutionary — appeared on Newsnight to discuss Labour’s prospects in a snap election. Although Mason said he was confident that Labour would win an early election, he came across rather coy when it came to whether his own vote would go towards helping the party achieve victory.


Speaking of the need for tactical voting, Mason said he would vote tactically in his own constituency — even though he could be ‘drummed out the Labour party’ for saying this:

‘I would vote tactically in my own constituency. I’ll probably get drummed out the Labour party for saying this but I would. Do you want me to tell you which constituency it is?’

The Corbynite activist went on to reveal that his constituency is Vauxhall, with Kate Hoey — the Brexit-backing Labour MP. Asked directly if this meant he would not vote for Hoey, Mason became evasive and spoke about the power the NEC has when it comes to blocking candidates.

ED: Now tell us your constituency

PM: You know what, it is Vauxhall and I have as my MP Kate Hoey

ED: You won’t vote for Kate Hoey?

PM: No, I will vote tactically.

ED: You won’t vote for Kate Hoey?

PM: I’m a Labour party voter. At the moment, I am going to vote for the Labour party candidate.

With Corbyn reported to be mulling over trigger ballots for selecting Labour candidates, no doubt Mason’s words will add to Labour MPs’ current woes…

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