JEREMY Corbyn’s Labour party could permanently split in two as the Blairite faction is plotting to form a new centralist group, it has been revealed.
Former party donors have been approached about backing a new party, according to The Sunday Times.
The move comes after supporters of Jeremy Corbyn indicated that they wanted to purge critics of the leader and change the party’s rules in order to strengthen their position at the party’s conference in September.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attends the Westminster protest yesterday
The former leadership candidate had previously said that the appointment of Mr Corbyn would be a “disaster” for the party
The former president of the National Union of Mineworkers Ian Lavery, 54, who is now the party’s chairman, has hinted that the party could break in two, saying that labour “might be too broad a church” and added that no MP had a “divine right” to remain on the party ticket.
A former minister familiar with the plans of the potential new party said that Mr Lavery’s comments were “incendiary”.
They told the paper: “The trigger point would be Corbyn trying mandatory deselections and turning the Labour Party into a thoroughgoing hard-left organisation.”