Andrew Fisher’s tweets anger senior Labour MPs
The morning papers are full of all sorts of embarrassing and highly vituperative tweets from Jeremy Corbyn’s new head of policy, Andrew Fisher, attacking all sorts of people from the Ed Miliband regime.
Senior Labour MPs are so unhappy at they way they and their colleagues have been attacked by Fisher – only within the last few months – that they were planning to raise it with Mr Corbyn when he was due to meet the party’s Parliamentary Committee – Labour’s equivalent of the Tories 1922 Committee – this afternoon.
Mr Fisher, who spent six years as a parliamentary researcher and used to work for the RMT union, which was expelled from the Labour party over a decade ago, called the Labour frontbench under Ed Miliband, “the most abject collection of absolute sh***” and “bastards”.
He described Jack Straw, Labour’s former foreign secretary, as a “vile git”, suggested that it was “long overdue” for Tony Blair to face war crimes charges. And he cheered the loss of Ed Balls’s seat at the election in May.
Further tweets include an attack on former shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper – accusing her of policy similarities with the BNP – and a dig at former shadow work and pensions secretary, Rachel Reeves, whom he suggests had “defected to UKIP”.
In another tweet, which has since been taken down, Mr Fisher even urged voters in the Croydon constituency where he lives, to vote for the Class War candidate rather than Emily Benn, who is Tony Benn’s grand-daughter.
None of this is going to calm already the vast bulk of Labour MPs who fear the party is returning to tribalism of the 1980s.
Mr Fisher’s extraordinary words are likely to haunt the party for months, if not years.
A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn said last night: “We are aware of this. We’re not commenting on it.”
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