It is not conducive to political party unity for supporters to take part in a slanging match but when Labour MPS continue to voice their negative opinions on the party's election chances a response is needed.
The latest to push her political opinions forward is Jess Phillips MP. Yes her again!
Phillips is or was something of a darling of the party and could be popular with her constituents but does that give her carte blanche to bad-mouth the current party leader and downgrade Labour's election chances in the MSM?
These days Phillips is usually making news headlines by choice but in the weeks following the 2015 General Election the Birmingham Mail reported "A new Birmingham MP has employed her husband as her office manager, funded by taxpayers. Jess Phillips (Lab), MP for Birmingham Yardley, pays husband Tom Phillips to be her Constituency Support Manager from her Parliamentary allowance. The employment began on June 7, a month after she won the seat for the first time in the general election on May 7.The arrangement is revealed in the register of members’ interests, published by House of Commons authorities. Mrs Phillips said: “I am in the process of setting up my office and I need somebody I can trust to do that. “He has all the skills I need to do that. “It’s about setting up the office, making sure the IT works and I need someone with the skills to do that.”
She is not the only politician that pays a family member to work for them in such a way.
But the media tide turned for Jess Phillips post the election of Jeremy Corbyn as party leader when she began feeding the press with a series of opinions.
In September days after Corbyn was elected the Huffington Post went with "Labour MP Jess Phillips told Diane Abbott to “fuck off” during a heated row about a lack of women in the top shadow cabinet jobs."
Abbot is a longstanding supporter of Mr Corbyn Phillips is not. Abbot began her political career in 1982, Phillips was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2015.
Phillips kicked off after Mr Corbyn announced his new shadow cabinet, angry that the ratio of men to women was unevenly balanced. She does however need to bear in mind two senior women who are Labour veterans, Liz Kendal and Yvette Cooper, refused to work alongside the new leader. Other MPs also ran for the backbenches.
Perhaps she thought she should be sitting on the front benches?
However most women do not want a female to represent them at any price; we want one fit for purpose.
But either way she is playing divisive political games and ultimately it is we the people who will lose out.
Many of the politicians unhappy at the election of Jeremy Corbyn declined to stand in the party leadership race including Dan Jarvis who some now tout as a likely candidate to stage a Labour leadership coup in the future.
Those who attack Mr Corbyn's record as party leader should bear in mind that verbal attacks in the workplace undermines your performance and wrecks efficiency.
Those in parliament seeking to fulfil their own agenda will make the party unelectable and not the party leader.
In December Phillips said if ‘the general election were called now’, she could not see the opposition doing better than in May. That report in the Guardian continued saying she "has spoken of her determination to see Labour win the 2020 general election, saying she would knife Jeremy Corbyn “in the front, not the back” if it looks like he is damaging the party’s chances of electoral success."
But you have to wonder what Jess Phillips says on the election campaign trail after "Labour MP Jess Phillips rules out party's chances of winning 2020 election" Sunday less than three months after that supposedly determined stance.
That was published yesterday, mothering Sunday in the UK, along with "Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Won't Win 2020 Election And He Doesn't Want To Be PM, MP Jess Phillips Says" in the Huffington Post" and maybe in some ways backed up by a pro Phillips piece in the Guardian titled "Jess Phillips: someone to believe in" and written by Rachel Cooke.
Corbyn certainly rattled her cage last week after reports that he said "Decriminalise the 'sex industry'; note however that was a non-parliamentary debate not a policy announcement, Mr Corbyn answered a direct question with a direct answer as he always does and the word decriminalise does not mean the "legalisation of sex work."
He is not allowed to express an opinion but Ms Phillips runs off at the mouth time and time again.
But “Jess Phillips: someone to believe in?” That boat has sailed.
Phillips has had a busy old week feeding the mainstream media leaving this person wondering when she finds time to work and if in reality she is working for the Tory party.
One thing is sure - with friends like Jess Labour does not need enemies.
Check out the video below also from last week.
[She seems to like her honest approach but dislike it in people such as Jeremy Corbyn. Telling Diane Abbot to f**k off and then announcing it to the media is however not being human. What about being professional? Various emails and letters have been sent to Phillips on the back of her MSM post about the un-electability of Labour in 2020 and we will update if and when we receive replies-Eileen Kersey]
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