In a sign of deteriorating relations in the party, a former parliamentary aide to Alistair Darling was told by the Corbyn-supporting grassroots Momentum group to “get behind the leader or kindly go” after she challenged Corbyn at a party meeting on Monday.
“I await the assassins to come out of the shadows,” Ann Coffey tweeted after the Momentum branch in her #Stockport constituency issued the warning. The group subsequently deleted the tweet which had told Coffey: “You continue to disappoint and let down the people of Stockport. Get behind the leader or kindly go.”
Momentum turned on Coffey after she joined forces with other MPs to challenge Corbyn at a meeting of the parliamentary Labour party. Corbyn faced pointed questions over his claim that Britain’s involvement in the Iraq and Afghan conflicts helped to explain the rise of Isis and his comments in a BBC interview that he was not happy with a policy of shoot-to-kill against terrorists on British streets.
In his leader’s report to Labour’s national executive on Tuesday, Corbyn clarified his remarks as he said he would authorise the use of lethal force against terrorists in British in exceptional circumstances to protect life if he was elected prime minister. “Of course I support the use of whatever proportionate and strictly necessary force is required to save life in response to attacks of the kind we saw in Paris,” Corbyn said.
Tensions within the Labour party have burst into the open after a succession of MPs, including two frontbenchers, openly challenged the authority of Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons over his response to the #Islamic State threat.