Diane Abbott claims that nobody can remember supporting Tony Blair

Written by David Singleton on 19 January 2018 in Diary

Certain Labour MPs may beg to differ.

Labour reached a landmark moment this week when three candidates backed by Momentum bagged seats on the party’s National Executive Committee.

The left already dominated the trade unions and the shadow cabinet. The election result meant that Corbynites now also have a cast-iron majority on Labour’s NEC. The Blairites have been well and truly banished. As the headline on a piece by the respected commentator Andy Grice put it: "Corbynistas now control the Labour Party."

But is one vocal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn guilty of overplaying their achievements?

Speaking to Prospect magazine, Diane Abbott quite reasonably asserted that Tony Blair’s followers had changed their tune of late. “Even Blairites don’t call themselves Blairites,” she observed, accurately.

But the shadow cabinet heavyweight may have over-reached with her subsequent assertion that those previously known as Blairites have been hit by a collective amnesia casing them to forget they they ever backed the former PM in the first place.

“It’s one of those things - no one can now remember that they supported Tony Blair.”

One Labour MP who might take issue with Abbott is Anna Turley, who today used her Twitter account to push out a picture of a smiling Blair at the peak of his powers.

Her retweet of the @Labour_history account also carried a nostalgic reminder that it was on this day in 2000 that "Tony Blair promised to inject at least £12bn into the NHS to prevent a repeat of the winter flu crisis".





Picture by Press Association.


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