Labour: Fleming discusses Socialist Campaign Group

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A group of radical left-wing MPs are gathering together to discuss a plot to strip Sir Keir Starmer of his leadership power. The BBC’s Adam Fleming revealed that the Socialist Campaign Group – a group of socialist Labour MPs closely tied to Momentum – are holding a meeting next week to discuss their next steps. This comes after Labour suffered a nightmare election, with humiliating results on Friday across party heartlands in the north of England and the Midlands.

Adam Fleming said: “The Socialist Campaign Group are meeting next week where they are going to start work on some pretty radical proposals for reforming the party.

“One of the ideas they have is whether you have a fully federal Labour Party in England.

“This would see regional leaders have autonomy over policy while your person in Westminster is your candidate for Prime Minister and coordinator of those regional Labour parties.”

He said that Sir Keir Starmer is struggling to decide the party’s next steps amid a brutal backlash and infighting.

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The BBC’s chief political correspondent said: “Keir Starmer doesn’t know what the changes are either.

“He gave a long interview yesterday with broadcasters and he couldn’t give specifics about what he will do.

This morning shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds blamed the pandemic for the results, saying Labour has been unable to set out its vision for the country.

He said the pandemic had “restricted the opportunities” for Keir Starmer.

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Labour is expected to lose to West Midlands Conservative mayor, Andy Street, after significant Conservative gains across the region.

This comes as Labour MP Khalid Mahmood has doubled down on his scathing criticism of the party after its defeat in Hartlepool.

On Friday Mr Mahmood said the Labour party had been captured by a “London-based bourgeoisie” and “brigades of woke social media warriors”.

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Earlier today, he stuck by this criticism, insisting Labour has become too focused on London-centric issues which are irrelevant to working-class people.

Sir Keir Starmer has hit out at his own MPs for “quarrelling amongst themselves” as he reflected on Labour’s embarrassing results run from yesterday’s elections.

He said: “It means stopping as a party quarrelling among ourselves, looking internally and facing the country and setting out that bold vision for a better Britain and changing the things that need changing.

“That is the change I will bring about.”

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