A senior Labour figure makes a mind-boggling claim as a poll reveals the party is winning [TWEETS]

Support us and go ad-free

Labour just extended its lead over the Conservatives to 8%, giving it support of 45% in a Survation poll. The Conservatives trail on 37%. If this poll were repeated at the ballot box, it could give Labour a majority victory at a general election. But such outstanding polling for the party seemingly isn’t enough for one prominent Labour figure, who has just said that the party is facing its “greatest crisis.”

Come again?

Writing in The Observer, Roy Hattersley, a former Labour MP for over 30 years, made the extraordinary claim that Labour is in the midst of “the greatest crisis in its history”. Hattersley is seen as centrist or centre-right on the political spectrum.

Jeremy Corbyn’s former spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin tweeted about the poll and The Observer‘s front-page story:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Many people on Twitter seemed to agree:

Writer Alex Nunns also highlighted that Hattersley has long been a critic of Jeremy Corbyn:

Of course, the “catastrophic defeat” Hattersley wrote about in 2015 did not “inevitably follow”. Corbyn’s Labour closed some of the gap on the Conservatives in the 2017 general election and has led the polls since.

New politics, same old establishment

As The Independent reported, Corbyn is far more likely to be attacked by the media than Theresa May. And this article, published by The Observer appears nothing more than another attempt by the media and political class to discredit him and the Labour party he leads. To say a party is in crisis when polls predict a majority victory for it is, as Zarb-Cousin says, “bloody stupid.”

Get Involved!

Join The Canary, so we can keep holding the powerful to account.

Featured image via Flickr

Support us and go ad-free

Do your bit for independent journalism

Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.

We need you to help out, if you can.

When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.

You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.

In return you get:

  • Advert free reading experience
  • Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
  • 20% discount from our shop


The Canary Fund us

Comments are closed