Op-ed: Friday Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was in York on his campaign trail to be re-elected as leader of the party.
The image above kindly shared by Mike Coulson via Twitter shows he has grassroots support and some.
However if he wins the badly timed and unnecessary leadership challenge what next for the Labour Party?
If leadership challenger Owen Smith wins the leadership challenge party supporters and members will be expected to get behind the new leader. The same should apply if Mr Corbyn retains leadership of the party.
But with so much bad feeling and it has to be said hate running riot, and fuelled in some cases by the mainstream media, party unity will not be easy; in fact it may be impossible.
July 17 we reported http://www.newtekjournalismukworld.com/british-political-scene/continuity-labour-or-kinnock-self-indulgent-party as there were claims that some of the right-wing of the Labour party were considering their options, in particular splitting the party.
This week Corbyn won a legal challenge to his automatic right to be on the leadership ballot as the incumbent.
The mainstream media however remains full of drip fed news stories by dissenters in the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Some are scare stories but others real.
The latest Friday posted in the Daily Mirror claims "Leading moderates disclosed that they are looking at plans to set up their own “alternative Labour” in a “semi-split” of the party if Mr Corbyn remains in post."
Why is the Daily Mirror playing to the party plotters by calling them "leading moderates?"
People such as this writer who is supporting Jermy Corbyn are defined as "hard left."
The terminology is divisive and meaningless.
If we are "hard left" then the other camp who are at total odds with Corbyn supporters must surely be "hard right."
The Mirror report continues:
Labour rebels plan to elect their own leader and create an ‘alternative’ parliamentary group if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected, it was claimed last night.
That report continues with their plans.
If it is true it shows a level of hypocrisy, deceit, game-play and worse that has no place in the Labour Party.
Would one of those MPs get your vote in an election?
They will not get mine.
I like to think that my vote is going to a decent person who I can trust to do the right thing for we the people.
That may not always be the reality but I could not in good conscience vote for a selfish party splitter.
Big money is funding some of the rebels and trying to steer the Labour Party to suit.
A split is nothing new to Labour but the scale of the reported split is huge.
But is this story simply more mind manipulation by the media or fact-based?
Time will tell.