The Labour right have not stopped their attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, despite the signs of Labour moving forward in the polls.
John Woodcock, the candidate for Barrow where Trident submarines are constructed, began the campaign saying, “I will not countenance ever voting to make Jeremy Corbyn Britain’s prime minister”.
More recently he said discussion about Labour and the future of Trident was unnecessary as, “The situation will never arise because Jeremy Corbyn will never be prime minister”.
Joan Ryan, a Labour candidate in north London, last week put out a leaflet undermining Corbyn.
It says that many people, “have more confidence in Theresa May as prime minister than they would have in Jeremy Corbyn”.
It adds that, “The polls are all saying that the Conservative Party will win a large majority, possible with more MPs than they have ever had before….no one thinks Theresa may will not be prime minister.”
Socialist Worker reader Adrian Hunter, who lives in Ryan’s constituency, replied to her saying that he had never felt “so angry, demoralised and disappointed!”
He wondered “are you living in a parallel universe?? Are you watching the same election campaign as the rest of us?? I don’t know if you have noticed, but nobody has ANY confidence in Theresa May!”
Adrian urged Ryan to “stop stabbing Corbyn in the back, stop feeding the opposition and get behind him!”
The Labour manifesto has proved popular, but just a few hours after it was launched Frank Field told The Sun that a split from Labour is on the cards.
He said if Labour lost and Corbyn was still leader the right wing had to break away and form a separate parliamentary group.
Now some of the Blairites are bemoaning the Labour surge because it makes Corbyn’s position as leader more secure. One example is Philip Collins who was once Tony Blair’s chief speechwriter.