Sir Keir Starmer faces a hard-left coup as he fails to revive Labor’s fortunes, starting with this week’s midterm elections
- Ex-Jeremy Corbyn assistant Karie Murphy revealed a ‘new left’ was now mobilizing, raising the prospect that it would ‘take back control of the party’
- Ms. Murphy – close ally of Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey, said: ‘I hear that the big unions, the left-wing unions, are organizing’
- Warnings are coming for a week that could decide Sir Keir’s fate, with the party struggling to stop the Tories from taking the formerly safe Labor seat of Hartlepool.
The beleaguered Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer faces a hard-left coup if he fails to revive his party’s fortunes – starting with Hartlepool’s pivotal by-election this week.
Karie Murphy, former assistant to Jeremy Corbyn, revealed that a ‘new left’ was now mobilizing and raised the prospect that it would ‘take back control of the party’.
Ms. Murphy – a close ally of Unite union secretary Len McCluskey, said, “I’ve got my ears to the ground – I hear the big unions, the left-wing unions, are organizing.”
She also issued a thinly veiled threat that if he were not true to Mr. Corbyn’s socialist principles, Sir Keir would not last long as a leader.
Beleaguered Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer faces a hard-left coup if he fails to revive his party’s fortunes – starting with Hartlepool’s pivotal by-election this week
And she hailed 27-year-old Labor MP and left-wing firefighter Zarah Sultana as a potential true ‘socialist leader’ to take over in the future.
The warnings come before a week that could decide Sir Keir’s fate, with the party fighting to prevent the Tories from taking the formerly safe Labor seat of Hartlepool.
Party insiders have claimed that if he loses the Red Wall seat on Thursday, both the left and right will take serious steps to replace him.
There are also fears that Labor could lose major mayoral elections in the West Midlands and Teesside and – according to a YouGov poll from yesterday – nearly 90 city council seats in its former northern interior.
Sir Keir, who succeeded Mr Corbyn just over a year ago, faced claims that he wanted to destroy the left despite standing on a podium to carry on the former leader’s key principles.
In an interview last month, Ms. Murphy – who was one of ex-leader Corbyn’s closest associates – made it clear she thought the party had made a blunder by electing Sir Keir and calling him the ‘media’ and ‘establishment’ – candidate.
She told the Popular Show podcast, ‘People chose someone who, in my opinion, was a bit disguised. That is democracy. People have the right to make that decision. I wish they didn’t … ‘
Former Jeremy Corbyn assistant Karie Murphy (above, together in 2017) revealed that a ‘new left’ was now mobilizing, raising the prospect that it would ‘take back control of the party’
She also clearly described that Sir Keir had ‘wrapped himself in the socialist’s flag’ when he stood up for leader, saying that if he remains true to those principles, ‘he will be the leader for a long time. And if he doesn’t, then the left has another chance at this. ‘
Ms. Murphy stopped revealing plans from the left to challenge Sir Keir to the next general election – fueling reports that left-wing MPs don’t have the more than 40 numbers needed to enforce a contest under party rules.
But she said there were “ fairly advanced arrangements ” “ ahead of an election ” for the left to regroup and return to the Labor front line. She stated that a ‘new left’ would reveal itself ‘pretty quickly’ within the party, claiming that only the Covid pandemic had stopped it earlier.
She insisted that a ‘new left, whether you call it a coalition or whatever, will emerge and that left leadership will emerge …’
Sir Keir’s allies dismissed Ms. Murphy’s intervention yesterday as “delusional.”
Tories last night downplayed the big wins of the council seats this Thursday. But they put the pressure on Hartlepool – Peter Mandelson’s old seat – and said there would be anything but an easy victory “disaster” for Sir Keir.