As the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn heats up, #TeamBecky leadership rival Clive Lewis has called upon his party to pull together in unity to stave off what he says is an existential crisis for the beleaguered party.
The Norwich South MP tweeted his responses after media outlets contacted him for his views on comments made by party chairman Ian Lavery who suggested the reason for Labours dismal polling in the 2019 general election as being due to the parties position on Brexit, years of party infighting and the decline of local Labour held communities, which he says have led to a lack of trust in the parties ability to deliver on its policies.
The shadow treasury minister sad that when dangling on a cliff-edge it was a better option to work with those dangling with you rather than to attack them.
Commenting on Twitter he said:
“Whilst I don’t agree with everything he’s said (Lavery) I do agree with parts of his analysis.
“So perhaps if all we use the coming (Labour leadership) elections as a lens through which to listen to each other, we can work out a path ahead.
“Because Ian Lavery is correct to say we face an existential crisis as a party.
“As such, when you’re hanging by the fingernails on a cliff edge, it’s usually not a good time to start fighting with those dangling with you. Far better is to help each other work out the way back up the cliff face.”
Not long after the devastating general election which saw Labour suffer its worst defeat since 1935, former party leader and two term PM Tony Blair used the same words to stick a knife in the wounds as he described his parties perilous position, telling an audience in London that Labour faces being replaced as the opposition of the party fails to revitalise itself as a 'serious progressive alternative to the Conservatives'.
Meanwhile the parties currently incumbent leader Jeremy Corbyn used his New Year speech to position the party as the 'resistance' to the Boris Johnson led Conservative government. A move which gained much criticism from former MP's who lost their seats to Tory candidates in the election as the red wall crumbled.
Former Sedgefield MP, Phil Wilson, who lost the the former seat held by Tony Blair to the Conservatives, scathingly tweeted in response:
“No Jeremy Corbyn you are not part of the resistance to Boris Johnson you are one of enablers of Boris Johnson.”
Corbyn's words still seemed to resound with many within the party who called upon the Labour Leader to stay on to carry on the fight.