If Labour loses Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent, don’t blame Jeremy Corbyn – blame the candidates 

To say I am appalled and dismayed at Labour’s chosen candidates for Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent is an understatement. Gillian Troughton will stand in Copeland and Gareth Snell in Stoke-on-Trent. Despite both Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent voting Brexit, both candidates are against Brexit – and have no respect for Jeremy Corbyn. 

I have been very outspoken about both candidates and I will explain why. Both candidates are of the ‘right’ of the Labour Party. This basically means they are ‘moderates’ or Blairites. Labour selecting candidates who clearly go against the will of the electorate has made alarm bells ring: I believe Labour intends to lose Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent so the Blairites can blame Jeremy Corbyn and launch another pathetic leadership coup. 

During last summer’s leadership campaign, Gillian Troughton and Gareth Snell tweeted a series of vile and damn-right libellous comments about Jeremy Corbyn which I will share with you below:

Gareth Snell, candidate for Stoke-on-Trent: 

Gillian Troughton, candidate for Copeland: 

I am appalled that both candidates have tweeted such vile comments about Jeremy Corbyn, yet no action has been taken against them. This shows how inept and one-sided the Labour NEC really is. During last year’s leadership campaign Labour Party members were suspended or expelled for retweeting the Green Party and the SNP. And it comes as no surprise that the majority of members who were purged were Jeremy Corbyn supporters. 

So, in a nutshell if a Labour Party member posts vile and libellous comments about Jeremy Corbyn on social media, they can become parliamentary candidates, but if they retweet another political party then they face suspension or expulsion. Brilliant. 

Most of you know me and know that I am an outspoken person. I have recently been told that both candidates have been selected and I should ‘get over it’ while others have urged me to back the candidates for the sake of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. 

I vehemently refuse to back either candidate unless they publicly apologise to Jeremy Corbyn and for disprespecting Brexit supporters in their prospective constituencies. I am not a hypocrite and I have principles: no way can I back a Labour candidate who clearly has no respect for Jeremy Corbyn or their prospective candidates. 

I do, however, feel that both candidates are the wrong choice; pro-Corbyn and pro-Brexit candidates should have been selected. That said, I hope that Labour does win Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent, but in the event of a defeat Jeremy Corbyn will likely blamed – but the buck should stop with the candidates who are out of touch with their prospective constituents and clearly have no respect for Jeremy Corbyn whatsoever. 

Labour selecting anti-Brexit and anti-Corbyn candidates for pro-Brexit constituencies is a recipe for disaster – just what possibly could go wrong? It would be like putting Tim Farron in charge of UKIP. 

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