UK: Factional warfare in Corbyn leadership after McDonnell allies with Blairites over Brexit By Chris Marsden

15 October 2019 — WSWS

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is staging a “coup” against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, according to numerous media reports.

The Sunday Times describes McDonnell as Labour’s “leader in all but name,” having “assumed control of the party amid claims that Jeremy Corbyn is preparing to step down.” This includes being “in daily charge of the Labour operation as the party moves to an election footing,” launching “his own policy platform” and drawing up “a list of appointments he wants in the leader of the opposition’s office, known as LOTO, to surround Corbyn with his allies.”

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“Ally” Jon Lansman wanted Jeremy Corbyn removed

6 September 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

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Jon Lansman addressing the Jewish Labour Movement at Labour conference 2018. Joel Goodman ZUMA Press

Jon Lansman, a prominent figure in the UK Labour Party, advocated that Jeremy Corbyn be removed as party leader three years ago.

The revelation challenges Lansman’s reputation as a key Corbyn supporter.

In 2016, Lansman told Labour activist Graham Bash that the left would be much better served if Corbyn was replaced by John McDonnell, the shadow finance minister.

Bash recounted his conversation with Lansman to The Electronic Intifada.

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