Sadiq Khan and Kezia Dugdale face the wrath of Corbynites
A few daggers are out for the London mayor and the Scottish Labour leader.
Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have furiously dismissed the latest criticisms of the Labour leader from senior party figures.
London mayor Sadiq Khan launched a stinging attack on Corbyn in The Observer, backing Owen Smith for the Labour leadership and insisting that “we simply cannot afford to go on like this”.
In response, the leader’s team effectively accused Khan of hypocrisy.
“Sadiq Khan is entitled to his opinion. But he won the London mayoralty, as others have pointed out, by standing on a Labour platform under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, backed by the huge numbers who have joined our party to support Jeremy and now campaign for Labour,” Corbyn’s campaign spokesman said.#
Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack suggested that Khan was stuck in the past.
He told BBC News: “Sadiq comes from that part of the Labour party that was in government under Blair and Brown. It is disappointing nevertheless. Jeremy Corbyn gave full support for Sadiq in his campaign for mayor, as did a number of unions including my own. Sadiq hasn’t consulted us or Labour party members across London about this latest statement. I think a lot of people will be quite let down by that.”
Aslef union president Tosh McDonald went further, telling the Morning Star: “My personal view is that not only is Sadiq Khan stabbing Jeremy in the back, he’s stabbing Aslef and all our members in the back."
Supporters of Corbyn also booed Khan after he was mentioned on the stage at a rally in London. Large parts of the 4,000-strong audience started jeering when Claudia Webbe, a member of the National Executive Committee, mentioned the London mayor’s name.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has also faced a backlash after announcing that she is backing Smith in the leadership contest.
“We can't pin our hopes on a leadership that speaks only to the converted rather than speaking to the country as a whole," she wrote in the Daily Record.
Dugdale’s comments prompted many of Corbyn supporters on Twitter to question whether the Scottish Labour leader had the credentials to speak out on how to win elections…