Labour’s ‘baying hounds’ need to back off, says UNISON chief

With backbench MPs sniping about the election results, Prentis has called for party unity

 

Dave Prentis, head of one of the countries largest trade unions, has called on Labour to end it’s internal bickering, following a tough night for the party.

Writing for the UNISON blog, Prentis pointed out that the results are ‘at least better than many predicted’.

He continued

“The Party must now get back to focusing on the issues that matter to working people and on getting rid of this government at the next general election. The baying hounds from across the Party now need to back off.

Public sector workers aren’t interested in Labour politicians bickering in TV studios or those who think that politics is a game. And local elections shouldn’t just be treated as a barometer of where parties are on the road to 2020.

These election results will have a direct impact on the work and home lives of teaching assistants, ambulance staff, hospital cleaners and other public servants, whose jobs are at risk of privatisation, while the services they provide are likely to face yet more cuts.

Labour must now unite behind a vision that can win in four years’ time and, in so doing, change this country for the better. There are millions of people across the country who need that to happen. And that’s what all Labour MPs should be focused on today.

Labour backbenchers have been voicing dissatisfaction with the leadership today, following the party’s battering in Scotland, and loss of council seats in England.

Corbyn and his team have been sticking to their ‘we didn’t lose, we hung on’ message. Jon Trickett, who led the election campaign told the BBC that Corbyn critics should ‘put up or shut up’.

Writing for LabourList this morning, Trickett argued that ‘Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is now making progress across much of Britain’.

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