LABOUR is embroiled in a fresh civil war today as staff threatened to strike if Jeremy Corbyn’s top aides are not sacked following the election disaster.
Comms director Seumas Milne and one of the party’s election chiefs, Karie Murphy are still in their posts despite the drubbing Labour got last week.
Meanwhile some staff are set to be made redundant as their share of opposition cash will fall after losing dozens of seats.
After Theresa May lost her majority in the 2017 poll, her aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill were ditched right away.
Party staff say they are discussing striking if they don’t resign or are fired soon, BuzzFeed News reported.
Mr Corbyn has said he will stand down, but there’s no timetable yet of when that might be.
One official said: “We didn’t have enough information about what was going on.
“We didn’t have a functioning grid system. It’s not clear whether the grid existed or it was being controlled by people who were trying to fight their own battles. It was difficult for people to do their jobs.”
Tonight’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party is likely to be fiery as fuming MPs blame Mr Corbyn and the rest of the party for their resounding defeat.
It comes as other high-profile Labour politicians have broken ranks and begun criticising the party’s leadership.
Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, has today slammed Mr Corbyn and called Labour’s excuses for losing the election “ludicrous”.
Writing for the i paper, he said: “It is ludicrous to say we won the argument at this election – because we lost.
In a piece for the Observer on Sunday, Mr Corbyn said the party “won the arguments” in the election campaign.
Emily Thornberry warned Labour’s neutral Brexit stance would cost them election three months ago
By Max Jeffery
EMILY Thornberry admitted three months ago that Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to take a position on Brexit could lose them the election.
In an interview with the BBC in September, due to be broadcast on Tuesday evening, the Shadow Foreign Secretary said a neutral position would “make it more difficult” to win.
Leftie boss Mr Corbyn would be punished by voters “if he goes into an election saying ‘I don’t have a view’ on the single biggest decision that we have to make”, she told Laura Kuenssberg for the BBC documentary, The Brexit Storm Continues.
She continued: “What worries me is that every single interview he does will all be about Brexit.”
Asked at the autumn Labour Party Conference whether the party could win a public vote with a neutral stance, Ms Thornberry added: “I think it makes it more difficult.
“That’s why I’m really pushing this because I want Jeremy in Number 10,” she said, according to a clip previewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Mr Khan continued: “If we are truly honest with ourselves, Labour simply did not put forward a credible candidate for prime minister or a believable set of priorities for governing.
“Can Labour be trusted to run the country, with everything that entails? Is there a believable economic plan? Will Labour be able to deliver on its promises? If the answer to any of these fundamental questions is no, you can’t hope to form a government.”
Attacking the party’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations, he said: “Labour’s shocking and repeated failure to tackle anti-Semitism was totally entwined with the failure of leadership.
“It’s been extremely difficult for me personally to see how the Jewish community has been made to feel by the Labour Party for years on end.”