Frank Dobson says his old friend Jeremy Corbyn must step down

IF Keir Starmer is worried that his decision to desert Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow team will play badly with the lefty membership he inherited from the long-serving Frank Dobson last year, he will welcome the news today that his predecessor is willing to put his support for his resignation out there and on the record. Members have a special affection for Dobson and, although impressed by Keir’s start to life in Commons, are still getting used to a rallying behind a different face. Here Dobson, will surely be aware he can play a part trying to reconcile the differences of opinions among Labour card-carriers.

It must be a tough one for Frank, who represented Holborn and St Pancras, and its previous guises, from 1979 to 2015, a period in which he fought many battles alongside Corbyn. But he tells the New Journal today that the shadow cabinet resignations had made the job impossible for his his old colleague. Keir, he says, has done the right thing and he would almost certainly have done the same thing in the same position. Frank’s priority is to repair the party as soon as possible, he adds, rather than let it be hurt by a protracted civil war.

“The rump of Blairite MPs were wrong to try and undermine him from the start but the thing about the resignations we have seen is that they are not from the rump of Blairite MPs. They are people who were prepared to give it a go but now say it is too much for them. He’s lost good people like Heidi Alexander and Lucy Powell, who were not Blairites,” he said.


6 Comments on Frank Dobson says his old friend Jeremy Corbyn must step down

  1. Camden Resident // June 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm //

    And what would happen if Corbyn wins a new leadership election contest. Has any smart politico figured that one out yet? He won by a MASSIVE national majority last time.

  2. ruth appleton // June 29, 2016 at 3:55 pm //

    It wasnt Jeremy who opened the idea of a referendum and then went all out to see that it was a No vote. It wasnt Jeremy who left the Northern cities full of unemployed, austerity-hit public services, crushed industries like steel & coal! It was the Tories. Why then is the PLP rushing for betraying their voters now? Surely they should be showing the electorate they are on their side and want the voice of the disempowered and outcast to be heard at last. That’s what Jeremy is doing. Isnt that what a leader of the Labour Party should do? Obviously Frank Dobson and the other local MP’s arent sure. They’ve had sufficient time to decide what kind of Labour Party the public want and it wasnt theirs! Own up to denial and get behind the man we voted in as Leader, and not your own confused undermining group. There’s a fight against the Tories to be won!

  3. Terence Flanagan // June 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm //

    Sir Keir surely the Sir bit defines this imposter a socialist not to me hes a cap doffer

    Dobson left wing yer aving a larf

  4. Terence Flanagan // June 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm //

    Surely the Sir bit says it all he’s a cap doffer

    Dobson left wing really

  5. Richard Crowe // July 11, 2016 at 2:07 pm //

    You know Frank sometimes its better to stay schtumm, silent, quiet… even just sit on the fence and whistle. Labour will not win with anyone but Corbyn partly because the whiney voice of Eagle ( how misnamed is she?) is not going to hack it but mostly because the membership won’t accept it. Of course the people behind Eagle know that and she is just the useful idiot in this game. But all over Europe the old structures are rapidly changing. In Spain the socialists have been overtaken by Podemos, in Italy the real opposition is the 5 Star movement and one wonders what will be left of Hollande’s socialist party too after the coming election. They’ve just had to cancel their conference because of fears of the strong hostility to his “reforms” from the left and fear of resulting disruption. Corbyn and those who follow him are just a part of that great change.

  6. Camden Resident // July 13, 2016 at 10:34 am //

    So, what’s going to happen now? Labour have chosen to have a nasty and vindictive, distracting fight amongst themselves – in public. Is democracy winning?

    Corbyn on the ballot. Last vote 241000 vs 80472, 71930 and Sarah Hayward’s fav Liz Kendell’s embarrassing 18857.

    Will a win for Corbyn mean principled resignations and standing-down by the political jostlers and sharp-elbowers. Or will they stand by their principals and do nothing. A twice-proven undemocratic minority?

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