Isabel Hardman

Gordon Brown’s speech provokes scuffles amongst Labour MPs

Gordon Brown's speech provokes scuffles amongst Labour MPs
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So, funnily enough, Gordon Brown's speech about his party's leadership election hasn't been that well-received by some quarters of Labour. There are some interesting people who are inevitably claiming he's a Tory, but what's more interesting is the way it has gone down with Labour MPs.

Clive Lewis, for instance, seems to be quite keen to help the Tories out by saying that the guy who was Labour Chancellor and then Prime Minister during its last time in power isn't credible:

Before Gordon Brown makes his speech today,read this.Then decide if hes qualified to lecture on 'economic credibility'http://t.co/5qokSITo2H

— Clive Lewis MP (@labourlewis) August 16, 2015

Graham Allen thinks Brown should have been talking about something else:

@JasonCowleyNS @NewStatesman @jeremycorbyn Waiting for his view of the Iraq war, the 1m dead and the release of the ISIS virus everywhere — Graham Allen MP (@GrahamAllenMP) August 16, 2015

And supporters of rival camps are starting to do the Twitter equivalent of mud-wrestling:

@KarlTurnerMP @andyburnhammp There should be no part in this contest for that kind of intolerance.

— Jon Trickett (@jon_trickett) August 16, 2015

All of which underlines that the Tories don't need to prance around briefing Sunday papers about their cunning plans to humiliate Labour this autumn: the party is already in enough of a mess that any vote that comes up at any stage will send it into spasms. As an aside, the Tories really shouldn't be briefing that they are using legislation on important issues as some kind of elephant trap for Labour if they want to improve their image as a party that takes the moral high ground and cares about people on the lowest incomes: government bills are supposed to be ways of the government making this country a better place, not a big fun Whitehall version of backgammon.

But it is clear from the way even those within the House of Commons are behaving that the result of the Labour leadership contest will not reunite the party, regardless of who wins.

Written byIsabel Hardman

Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is author of Why We Get The Wrong Politicians.

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