Chuka Umunna in Plea with Labour Leader

Chuka Umunna is calling on the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to ‘call off the dogs’ after three of the party’s MPs have faced a vote of no confidence in the local constituencies they represent. Umunna, who is also calling for a second referendum on the vote to leave the European Union, had said that the leadership of the Labour Party presents a clear and present danger to both the party and the wider democratic process. So far three MPs have faced a vote of no confidence these include the MP for Nottingham East, Chris Leslie, Joan Ryan who represents Enfield North and labour stalwart Frank Field. Frank Field also quit the party after labour’s handling of the anti-semitism crisis, which has plagued Labour over the last few months.

A spokesperson for the Labour Party has called these claims both incoherent and inaccurate, and they have said that they are continuing with the mandate to secure a better country for the many and not the few. The problems come at the end of a difficult summer for the Labour Party, which has faced a string of accusations of anti-semitism over recent months. Last week, they finally adopted the official definition of anti-semitism by the Holocaust Remembrance organisation after a bitter battle between the new left and the old centre of the party.

In a recent interview with the BBC’s Nick Robinson, ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the problems run deeper than anti-semitism or the parties split opinion on Brexit. Blair noted that the divisions are worse than he has ever seen, and wonders if the party can ever be unified to be a leading authority in British politics. Blair claimed that even under one of the previous leaders, Michael Foot, the party never struggled with such militant radicalism, which is now being encouraged by the current leader Jeremy Corbyn.