Members who joined Labour under Corbyn were ‘misguided’, Starmer shadow minister says

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Labor members who joined the party were “misguided” because they were inspired by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, one of Keir Starmer’s shadow ministers has said.

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Speaking at the party’s convention in Brighton Shadow Security Minister Conor McGuin said members who supported the former leader were not necessarily “untraceable” but were “misled” by others.

Labor membership grew from about 200,000 people during the 2015 leadership election to nearly 500,000 at its peak – with the vast majority of new joiners supporting the leadership.


Speaking at the same event, another shadow minister, Wes Streeting, claimed that Labor was characterized by “self-indulgent politics” during the previous leadership as he called on his allies to fight the party’s left wing.

Figures on the party’s left reacted angrily to the comments, with the campaign group Momentum saying they were indeed misled, who voted for Starmer on the basis of “unity, electability and ten pledges – and of the Civil War.” repaid with, a polling deficit, and disgusting centralism”.

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Speaking at a rally for centrist Labor First Group shadow minister Wes Streeting said that since 2015 Labor’s approach was characterized by “self-indulgent politics, which puts the spirit of a conference hall before the interests of a country”.

Drawing his fire to the party’s left, he said: “The reason they’re screaming, the reason they’re joking, is because they know they’ve lost the argument, they’re going to lose votes, and they ‘ Will not let Labor lose the next election. So let’s take it to them this week,” he said, adding that Labor may take it to the Conservatives next week.

Mr Streeting, who is reportedly seen as the party’s right-wing future leader, called on members to extend their “full support” for Sir Keir during the convention.

Shadow Minister Conor McGuin told the same gathering: “We have to acknowledge that many [those who joined to support Corbyn] Joined for the right reasons. They may have been misled, or misled.


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