The MPs who allowed Jeremy Corbyn to enter the Labour leadership contest so the party could "have a debate" are morons, according to a former adviser to Tony Blair.
Mr Corbyn, who is on course to become Labour leader according to the first public poll of those eligible to vote, scraped onto the ballot paper by winning the backing of 35 MPs - the minimum number of nominations needed to enter the race.
Some admitted nominating Mr Corbyn to ensure the contest represented the full spectrum of voices in the party and hoped members would dismiss the crazy views of the left in favour of a more mainstream candidate.
But John McTernan, who advised Mr Blair during his time as Prime Minister, blamed them for the "disastrous" poll, which gave Mr Corbyn an astonishing 17 per cent lead over the second-placed candidate, Andy Burnham.
In a blistering attack, Mr McTernan told BBC Two Newsnight: “The moronic MPs who nominated Jeremy Corbyn to ‘have a debate’ need their heads felt. They should be ashamed of themselves. They’re morons.”
So who were the 35 MPs?
Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow
Margaret Beckett, MP for Derby South
Richard Burgon, MP for Leeds East
Dawn Butler MP, for Brent Central
Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley
Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham
Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen
Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham
Clive Efford, MP for Eltham
Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead
Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield, Heeley
Kelvin Hopkins, MP for Luton North
Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton
Imran Hussain, MP for Bradford East
Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting
David Lammy, MP for Tottenham
Clive Lewis MP, for Norwich South
Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles
Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South
John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington
Michael Meacher, MP for Oldham West and Royton
Grahame Morris, MP for Easington
Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne Central
Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton
Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn
Dennis Skinner, MP for Bolsover
Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood
Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East
Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West
Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury
Jon Trickett, MP for Hemsworth
Catherine West, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Mr McTernan said the damage must be undone by one or two of the three mainstream candidates pulling out of the race to ensure Mr Corbyn does not win and lurch Labour to the left.
“These figures are disastrous for the Labour Party, disastrous. The fact is the other candidates need to decide who is the ABC candidate - the Anyone But Corbyn candidate,” he said.
Attempting to explain why Mr Corbyn was performing so well with Labour party members, he gave a straight-forward answer: "Political parties are full of suicidally inclined activists and clearly some Labour members are suicidally inclined."Reuse content