Labour's reselection battle will 'go down like a cup of cold sick', says political commentator

Labour's reselection battle will 'go down like a cup of cold sick', says political reporter Alex Wickham

Jeremy Corbyn yesterday launched his campaign to retain the Labour leadership

Friday, July 22, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's plans to restructure the Labour Party are likely to "go down like a cup of cold sick", a political commentator has told talkRADIO, adding that the Labour leader "wants to reshape the Labour party forever".

Corbyn yesterday launched his campaign for re-election as Labour leader, with Pontypridd MP Owen Smith standing against him in a battle to head the party. 

In one of his first statements after launching his campaign, Corbyn warned Labour MPs they may all face a reselection battle before the next general election due to the redrawing of constituency boundaries by the Government, which is scheduled to reduce seats from the current 650 to 600 in 2018. The next general election is due in 2020. 

Alex Wickham, who writes for the political website Guide Fawkes, told Jonny Gould and Ash: "He's punching them with a threat of mandatory reselection, which means he's going to force Labour MPs who are currently in their seats to stand again against left-wing candidates – other people who could essentially boot them out of Parliament, which I would imagine would go down like a cup of cold sick.

"What he wants to do is reshape the Labour party forever, irrevocably change the Labour party away from a centre-left Tony Blair approach."

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