FORMER Labour chancellor Alistair Darling has vowed to wrestle back control of the party from Jeremy Corbyn, claiming the idea of a new party is “for the birds”.
Mr Darling’s remarks come just days after one of the Labour leader’s most senior allies called for de-selections if Labour MPs did not toe the line in Westminster.
Chris Williamson, the MP for Derby North who was recently appointed shadow fire services minister, said “MPs need to reflect the political program that is overwhelming supported by Labour members and by Labour supporters”.
Mr Williamson added that mandatory re-selection would “concentrate minds”.
It led to increased speculation that a new party could be formed by disgruntled Labour MPs looking for a return to the new Labour politics of the Tony Blair era.
When asked on Radio 4’s Today programme about the possibility of splinter groups forming, Mr Darling said: “Setting up a new party is for the birds as far as I’m concerned”.