Bill Esterson clinging to Corbyn’s Greasy Pole
As 47 Labour shadow Ministers and parliamentary assistants quit Jeremy Corby’s Westminster team, it appears that Formby’s MP Bill Esterson is still clinging to the mast and rigging of the sinking ship. Mr Esterson, who was appointed Shadow Small Business Minister by Jeremy Corbyn last year may be in line for promotion since there are potentially fewer MPs backing him than there are shadow ministerial places available.
Bill Esterson, who backed Andy Burnham for Labour Leader last year, speedily discovered an allegiance to Jeremy Corbyn. He said that he and the Labour Party should unite around Jeremy Corbyn to fight against the threat posed by the current government to the people of this country saying:
“Jeremy has a popular mandate and we should respect that. He has the backing of the members and he has my backing as leader of my party.”
A major split has now appeared within the Labour Party nationally with Hilary Benn and Alan Johnson both demanding moves to re-unify away from the hopeless Corbyn. In the Corbyn camp, Diane Abbott MP has called for dissentors to ‘run off and form another SDP’ while Steve Reed MP, shadow minister for local government, who quit today, is publicly warning Labour of electoral “annihilation” if Mr Corbyn is allowed to stay on.
Questions have also been raised locally as to how effectively Bill Esterson and his Sefton Central Labour team campaigned in the recent Euro Referendum compared to the efforts of comrades in Bootle. This mirrors the widespread criticism of Jeremy Corbyn for his half-hearted late arrival at the ‘Remain’ campaign. Not one single member from Sefton Central Labour Party turned up at the Euro referendum count at Aintree on 23rd June and there has not been a single posting on Bill Esterson’s Sefton Central Labour Party website throughout the Referendum campaign. Mr Esterson’s priority last week was this:
There was no exortion to residents vote for Britain to stay in the EU. No comment on the result. No photos of Bill Esterson campaigning in the ‘Remain’ campaign. Is Mr Esterson concentrating more on his personal ambitions rather than on the future of the Labour Party and the country?
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