Recording emerges of Neil Kinnock’s ‘barnstorming’ speech to Labour MPs

Written by David Singleton on 8 July 2016 in Diary

‘This is our party, I’ve been in it 60 years. I’m not leaving it to anybody.’

Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock received a standing ovation from Labour MPs for a speech he delivered to them earlier this week behind closed doors – and now everyone can hear why.

At a lively meeting of the Labour parliamentary party, Kinnock tore into Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters:

“God knows everybody here, no matter how old or how young, should understand the lessons, and never repeat that again. But some, for whatever reason, are incapable of the instruction of reality so they better wake up.”

He also insisted he would not be forced out of his own party:

“Finally, finally... There will be no split. There will be no retreat. Damn it. This is our party, I’ve been in it 60 years. I’m not leaving it to anybody.”

After the meeting, Labour MP Wes Streeting hailed the "barnstorming" speech and branded Kinnock a "hero".



Picture by: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

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