Labour feud: How Jeremy Corbyn hit out at ‘out of sync’ Ed Miliband


JEREMY CORBYN attacked Ed Miliband and accused him of being “out of sync”, in a 2011 tweet unearthed by

Last month, Jeremy Corbyn presented a united front with his predecessor, Ed Miliband, the MP for Doncaster North. The two left-wingers were pictured together in Yorkshire, interacting with locals, listening to flood victims and even hugging a distraught woman. Yorkshire, perhaps more than any other English region, is a feast of marginal seats.

The Don Valley constituency, where much of the flooding occurred last month, was won narrowly by Labour, but the Conservatives increased their share of the vote by a very significant 16 percent in 2017.

In some constituencies, there were only a couple of hundred votes in it.

Yorkshire is also the largest county in the UK, with a population the same size as Scotland’s and two-thirds the size of London’s.

It really could be where the election is won– and the amount of time both leaders have spent here in the past few months suggests they know that, too.

The two left-wingers did not used to be so amicable in the past, though.

In September 2011, journalist Seuman Milne, who now works as Mr Corbyn’s strategy and communications director, wrote a piece criticising Mr Miliband’s conference speech.

Responding to the article on Twitter, Mr Corbyn attacked his leader, writing: “Ed Miliband really out of sync on welfare and trade unions.

“No commitments on reversing social spending cuts and supports Afghan war.”

It was not the only tweet Mr Corbyn wrote about his leader, though.

Only a couple of months after, Mr Corbyn criticised Mr Miliband’s decision to abolish Shadow Cabinet elections.

He wrote: “Sad Ed Milliband wants to deny elections to Shadow Cabinet!

“Too much patronage in Parliament already.

“Viva democracy. By the way, how about Labour Party members?”

Until 2011, it had been the tradition for the Labour Party to hold elections to the Shadow Cabinet while in opposition.

Cabinet members would be elected by the MPs within the Parliamentary Labour Party, usually at the beginning of a Parliamentary session.

Despite the criticism of his predecessor, Mr Corbyn did not reintroduce them once he became leader in 2015.


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