Thursday, 24 March 2016

Leaked List undermines Corbyn and lets Cameron of the ropes.

We can only wonder  what kind of Allies of Jeremy Corbyn  it was that have allegedly drew  up a list of which Labour MPs are naughty and nice, listing his own Chief Whip as being 'hostile' to his leadership.
Labour saw a chance to score points on David Cameron who was already on the ropes in yesterdays  PMQ's  , But the Prime Minister  won most of the battle by constantly quoting from the list.
The sheet ranking MPs in five categories, from 'Core', through 'Neutral' to 'Hostile' has been handed to the Daily Mirror 
So where do Welsh Labour MPs supposedly stand?

Core group

No Welsh MPs

Core group plus

Albert Owen (Anglesey)
Christina Rees (Neath)
Ian Lucas (Wrexham)
Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central)
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West)
Nick Symonds Thomas (Torfaen)
Owen Smith (Pontypridd)
Susan Elan Jones (Clwyd South)
Wayne David (Caerphilly)
Carolyn Harris (Swansea East)

Neutral but not hostile

Nia Griffith (Llanelli)
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley)
Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
David Hanson (Delyn)
Geraint Davies (Swansea West)
Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
Huw Irranca Davies (Ogmore)
Jessica Morden (Newport East)
Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)
Paul Flynn (Newport West)
Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent)

Core group hostile

Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth)
Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon)

Hostile group

Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside)
Chris Evans (Islwyn)
I suppose it could be worse.  Only four are deemed hostile and I actually  suspect although Tony Blair for example would have have seen less neutrals  and a number in the Core group there would have been less neutrals and more in the hostile group.
The same could be said of every Party , with possibly ambition  being a bigger factor than disagreements  over policy.
But maybe the real question is  Who drew up the list? and "Who leaked it.
It clearly has damaged Labour, during a period when the Tories were been vulnerable  and some in Labours ranks must be wondering, if there is a deliberate attempt to undermine the Leader from people claiming to be his strongest supporters.
Mind you anyone with a little bit of know how could have drawn up the list and unless the Mirror  discloses the source, we are left to wonder whether its a potential hit list of Labour MPs hostile to Corbyn liable to deselection, a mole in the Corbyn ranks there to undermine him  and his sources or simply (and  I lean to this) a single entity just being a mischief.

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