11th July 2016 – Wallasey
Our MP, Angela Eagle, this morning announced her intention to stand as a Labour leadership candidate.
On learning about this prospect a couple of weeks back, some locals found it surprising, and many more found it astonishing, given that she’d scraped a very poor 4th in the poll for deputy leader, conducted in the summer of 2015. Jeremy Corbyn, the current leader, and the man she’s challenging for that leadership, breezed home superbly well with a virtual 60% mandate from members – a new record. This was followed by solid by-election successes and a huge rise in membership which continues to this day.
A small crumb of comfort for Angela was that her own Wallasey branch of the local Constituency Labour Party had graciously nominated her for deputy (a nomination that still stands) and selected Corbyn, whom she seemed supportive of at the time, to be leader.
But how did Angela repay her local members’ and Corbyn’s loyalty and…
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