HARLOW Labour officials in leave-voting constituencies such as Harlow have threatened to “burn or bin” hundreds of official leaflets that mention the party’s new policy on a second referendum reports The Times.
The material was printed and delivered to regional Labour offices last week. It included six pledges, the last of which read: “Labour will campaign to remain against no deal or a bad Tory deal.”
In a sign of the strain that Brexit has placed on Jeremy Corbyn’s party, prospective MPs have staged an open revolt and said they will not use the publicity for a possible general election.
The confrontation took place at a recent residential weekend for candidates in Nottingham.
According to a party source, candidates from Yorkshire and Essex said they would prefer to throw away material, including flyers and free-post envelopes, than tacitly endorse a position that stopped short of all-out support for some form of Brexit.
“It’s a very serious situation,” said a party official. “They think we’re betraying the working class, so they’d rather not use campaigning material. I can’t think of any candidate who’d ever say ‘no’ to free stuff that helps them get elected.”
“A lot of these candidates are pro-Corbyn, but they know what he’s asking them to say will be toxic on the doorstep. It poses the question of what on earth they’re going to do in the event of the general election they say they want.”
A party source said the Essex candidates, from Thurrock and Harlow, led the rebellion.
YH has contacted the East of England Labour spokesperson but they had not replied at the time of publication.
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