Leftwing union leader & Corbyn ally suggests Corbyn could step down before election.

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It seems former key ally and union leader Len McCluskey is suddenly watering down his support for Jeremy Corbyn while standing for relection as Unite leader.

He has gone as far as suggesting Corbyn would go in 2019 if poll results were still disastrous and further described Labours current standing in the polls as ''awful''.

This is astonishing from one of Corbyns closest allies, but is it simply a case of reality dawning when facing an electorate that isn't comprised of just party activists?

I also wonder how Momentum will deal with a high profile left wing ally distancing himself like this.

McCluskey is a staunch leftwing, former Militant supporting trade unionist. - he will be far harder to cow by simply shouting 'Blairite' at him as they did with the MPs of the parliamentary party.

Len McCluskey: 'Awful' polling could derail Corbyn
Len McCluskey: 'Awful' polling could derail Corbyn - BBC News

Corbyn could quit before next election - union boss
Corbyn could quit before next election - union boss | Reuters

Jeremy Corbyn may step down if Labour Party's poll ratings are 'still awful', says Len McCluskey http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/len-mccluskey-jeremy-corbyn-john-mcdonnell-general-election-2020-labour-unite-a7505211
 


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There have been a few national polls published recently showing Labour at just 24% / 25% - again on a downward trajectory - maybe McCluskey is finally wising up to the fact Corbyn can't and won't win a GE - finally realising they made a balls up in electing him as leader
 

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There have been a few national polls published recently showing Labour at just 24% / 25% - again on a downward trajectory - maybe McCluskey is finally wising up to the fact Corbyn can't and won't win a GE - finally realising they made a balls up in electing him as leader
What war criminal should Labour have elected leader? The campaign against Corbyn has been as vicious as it is dishonest, led by the Guardian and similar tramp outlets
 

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Why anyone would have any confidence in corbyn and his outdated policys is beyond me.
 
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Corbyn this, Corbyn that. Personality cult stuff really has no place in left-wing politics.





 

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As I've said in similar threads before, even if Corbyn does resign, any prospective leader will have to attract support from both the leftist and centrist camps, and only MPs from the 2010-2015 intakes have that capacity.
 

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Making Waves should be along soon to tell us that Len is just another right wing Blairite who needs to be purged
 

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McCluskey simply being cynical pre the union vote. Haughey-esque.
 

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It's a perfectly reasonable and sensible position.

If on the other hand Labour are doing well in 2019 then Corbyn will lead them into the election year.

A non-story really.
 

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Making Waves should be along soon to tell us that Len is just another right wing Blairite who needs to be purged
The campaign against Len McCluskey in UNITE is a carbon copy of the attempt by the Blairites to remove Corbyn. The Blairites are attempting to emasculate UNITE by mobilising the the Blairite full-time officials who became ensconced during the years of Blairite governments.

McCluskey has made the same mistake as Corbyn - Corbyn should be forcing the issue of mandatory re-selection of MPs in order to root out the Blairites who have little support among the rnak-and-file of the LP - similarly McCluskey should be pushing for the election of all full-time trade union officials and rooting out the Blairites within UNITE. Unfortunately both Corbyn and McCluskey are compromising and accommodating the Blairites creating an environment where they can engage in a guerilla campaign to undermine the democratic processes both within the LP and within UNITE.

As for Corbyn leading the LP into the next election - he will be long gone before then if he doesn't get rid of the Blairites in the PLP.
 

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What war criminal should Labour have elected leader? The campaign against Corbyn has been as vicious as it is dishonest, led by the Guardian and similar tramp outlets
The trick of being a political party in a democracy is being able to win election under unfavourable conditions. Losing and crying about how the chips were stacked against you is not an option.
 

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The campaign against Len McCluskey in UNITE is a carbon copy of the attempt by the Blairites to remove Corbyn. The Blairites are attempting to emasculate UNITE by mobilising the the Blairite full-time officials who became ensconced during the years of Blairite governments.

McCluskey has made the same mistake as Corbyn - Corbyn should be forcing the issue of mandatory re-selection of MPs in order to root out the Blairites who have little support among the rnak-and-file of the LP - similarly McCluskey should be pushing for the election of all full-time trade union officials and rooting out the Blairites within UNITE. Unfortunately both Corbyn and McCluskey are compromising and accommodating the Blairites creating an environment where they can engage in a guerilla campaign to undermine the democratic processes both within the LP and within UNITE.

As for Corbyn leading the LP into the next election - he will be long gone before then if he doesn't get rid of the Blairites in the PLP.
And you care deeply about the future of Labour, doncha?
 

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There is no point Labour winning elections, like they did under Bliar, and then widen the wealth gap between the rich and poor. That's what the Tories are for.
 

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There is no point Labour winning elections, like they did under Bliar, and then widen the wealth gap between the rich and poor. That's what the Tories are for.
You want a Tory government into seculae seculorum?

Cos that's beginning to look like the future facing Labour supporters.
 

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You'd have to laugh at the" concern " some posters show on here for the fortunes of Corbyn and indeed the Labour Party in the UK . They and their fellow Neo liberal fanboys will have plenty to contend with considering Brexit , May and Trump to come to fruition in the coming months not to mention the continuing calamity of a broken financial system , debt , war and poverty . God forbid anyone should be doing anything like a bit of alternative thinking .
 


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