Is Chilcot the real reason to oust Corbyn?

So far 6 Croydon Labour Councillors have signed the letter calling for Jeremy Corbyn to resign as Party Leader. They are Andrew Rendle, Patrick Ryan, John Wentworth, Louisa Woodley, Oliver Lewis and Maggie Mansell.

The question has to be asked, how many people who are joining the attempted coup d’etat against the democratically elected Leader of the Labour Party, may not realise that one of the unspoken reasons for trying to get him to resign is the forthcoming potential bombshell of the Chilcot Report.

Corbyn only has three more days to hang on so that he delivers the official Opposition response to the report.

The fall-out for those MPs, ex-MPs and former controllers of the Party, who backed the War, could be massive. Possible Leadership contender Angela Eagle, for example, voted for the Iraq War and against an independent inquiry.

Let us hope that anyone who was opposed to the War who has signed up to the attempt to force Corbyn to resign will realise that they may be being conned.

Although I am not a Labour Party member I have posted a comment on the Chilcot issue on the Labour List website.

On Thursday night Croydon Central Labour Party met. It discussed the Labour Party crisis but no resolutions were proposed. On Friday the Croydon UNITE retired members branch gave its backing to Corbyn. Members were staggered at what they regarded as the undemocratic action of the MPs.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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5 Responses to Is Chilcot the real reason to oust Corbyn?

  1. Richard says:

    Is there an online source for the letter’s Croydon signatures?

  2. Leutha says:

    I think you are spot on, Sean

  3. Michael Poulter says:

    Copy of a !Letter sent to the Guardian ‘ sent on 29 6.2016
    Chilcott Report and the attempt to depose Corbyn
    The indecent haste and yet carefully orchestrated rush to depose Jeremy Corbyn might also be seen as a desperate attempt to prevent him as Leader of the Opposition responding in Parliament to the publication of the Chilcott Report next week.
    There as Spokesman of the Labour Party he must be profoundly critical of Tony Blair’s probably illegal war much to the embarrassment and acutely public discomfort of those in the Blair Cabinet and in Westminster who so ill-advisedly were persuaded to support or collude with what will most likely come to be seen as a criminal act.
    It is of the utmost importance that Jeremy Corbyn should not resign now so that next week he can represent the National interest as the grim verdict on the Iraq war is declared in Parliament,
    Alderman Michael Poulter MBE.

  4. Comment posted on behalf of Patrick Ainley:

    ‘I am not and never have been’ in the LP either (Green since last year!)! but it is not a coup d’etat, as the Gove-Johnson putsch was, as Alex Salmond correctly called it. Nor can I see that anything JC may say about Chilcot is going to be any more significant than what many others will say. In fact, less so because – as leader of the LP – he could use it to confront the crisis of social democracy within the Party and of which I keep saying he is a symptom but not a solution. (I don’t think many of the LP members I say this to understand what I mean by S-D tho! They just think they can turn to clock back to 1973ish and carry on from there – a bit like some of the wishful thinking of some Brexiteers about Great Little England!) From a Green point of view – not that I speak for them – it is not our affair but JC was palpably ‘lacked conviction’ during the referendum and thus contributed to the shameful outcome. Nor has he shown any enthusiasm previously for an anti-austerity alliance with the Greens and Nats (which means giving up on Scotland where English Labour is not wanted). This and the lack of any credible alternative is all very dangerous, given that it will predictably allow UKIP to replace Labour in many areas, giving proto-fascism the base it requires to gain power on the streets. (See attached blog post on policy press – which I don’t know if you can or would want to link to. Please also post this to you blog if you want as I can’t – I was also looking for your last blog that I replied to but can’t find it – can you send again? There was something there that you said I wanted to copy down

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