Internal Labour document lists party's MPs 'hostile' to Jeremy Corbyn

The Times newspaper says the list was drawn up by Jeremy Corbyn's political secretary

Jon Stone
Wednesday 23 March 2016 10:44
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

A list categorising some Labour MPs as hostile to their leader – purportedly drawn up by a senior aide to Jeremy Corbyn – has been leaked.

The Times newspaper says the document was drawn up by Mr Corbyn’s political secretary Katy Clark.

Among those considered “hostile” are Mayor of London candidate Sadiq Khan, former interim shadow chancellor Chris Leslie, John Woodcock, Ian Austin, Michael Dugher, Tristram Hunt and Yvette Cooper.

In total, 19 MPs are in the “core group” – those closest and most loyal to the leader, while 56 are in the “core plus” group – the leader’s outer circle.

A total of 72 MPs are labeled “neutral but not hostile”, 49 are in slightly hostile in “core group negative” while 36 are outwardly “hostile”, the most negative rating.

17 MPs are believed to be missing from the list.

A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn's office said they had no knowledge of the list.

“It doesn’t come from this office and we have no knowledge of it,” he said.

Sadiq Khan is purportedly listed as hostile on the list

An anonymous Labour MP told The Times: “I think every single Labour MP will be surprised to find themselves profiled in this way.

“At a time when every focus should be on crafting a message to win support in the country so that we can displace an unpopular government with a wafer-thin majority, it is absolutely extraordinary to find that an ‘enemies’ list is being drawn up.

“The last politician to draw up a list of enemies was Richard Nixon; it didn’t end well for him or his party.”

Mr Corbyn’s difficulties finding allies in the Parliamentary Labour Party is in contract to his support amongst the membership.

He was elected by members, supporters, and affiliates in a first-round landslide in September – but recent polling by YouGov shows support for him has grown.

The full list:

Core group (least hostile)

Andy McDonald

Catherine Smith

Dennis Skinner

Diane Abbott

Grahame Morris

Ian Lavery

Ian Mearns

Imran Hussain

Jeremy Corbyn

John McDonnell

Jon Trickett

Kate Osamor

Kelvin Hopkins

Rebecca Long-Bailer

Ronnie Campbell

Richard Burgon

Core group plus

Andy Slaughter

Angela Rayner

Alex Cunningham

Albert Owen

Catherine West

Margaret Greenwood

Carolyn Harris

Chinyelu Onwurah

Christina Rees

Dave Anderson

Dawn Butler

David Winnick

Debbie Abrahams

Emily Thornberry

Emma Lewell-Buck

Vicky Foxcroft

Harry Harpham

Helen Goodman

Holly Lynch

Ian Lucas

Jo Stevens

Kate Hollern

Karen Buck

Karl Turner

Keir Starmer

Kevin Brennan

Khalid Mahmood

Liz McInnes

Lilian Greenwood

Lindsay Hoyle

Louise Haigh

Lisa Nandy

Marie Rimmer

Mary Glindon

Nick Thomas-Symonds

Owen Smith

Pat Glass

Paula Sheriff

Rob Marris

Rosie Cooper

Rupa Huq

Roberta Blackman-Woods

Sarah Champion

Sharon Hodgson

Steve Rotheram

Stephen Hepburn

Sue Hayman

Susan Elan Jones

Teresa Pearce

Tom Watson

Valerie Vaz

Vernon Coaker

Virenda Sharma

Wayne David

Yasmin Qureshi

Neutral but not hostile

Alan Whitehead

Adrian Bailer

Andrew Gwynne

Andy Burnham

Andrew Smith

Angela Eagle

Ann Clwyd

Barbara Keeley

Barry Gardiner

Bill Esterson

Catherin McKinnell

Chris Bryant

Chris Matheson

Clive Betts

Clive Efford

Colleen Fletcher

David Crausby

David Hanson

Derek Twigg

Gavin Shuker

Geraint Davies

Gerald Jones

Gerald Kaufman

Gisela Stuart

Gordon Marsden

Graham Stringer

Heidi Alexander

Helen Hayes

Helen Jones

Huw Irrance-Davies

Iain Wright

Jack Dromey

Jeff Smith

Jessica Morden

Jim Cunningham

Jim Dowd

Jim Fitzpatrick

John Healey

David Lammy

Jon Cruddas

Judith Cummins

Julie Cooper

Kate Green

Karin Smyth

Kate Hoey

Kevin Barron

Madeleine Moon

Mark Hendrick

Matthew Pennycook

Mike Gapes

Mike Kane

Naseem Shah

Nia Giffith

Nic Dakin

Nick Brown

Nick Smith

Paul Blomfield

Paul Farrelly

Paul Flynn

Peter Dowd

Peter Kyle

Ruth Cadbury

Rushanara Ali

Roger Godsiff

Seema Malhotra

Steve McCabe

Stephen Timms

Tulip Siddiq

Thangham Debbonaire

Wes Streeting

Yvonne Fovargue

Core group hostile

Alan Johnon

Alan Meale

Angela Smith

Anna Turley

Ed Miliband

Ben Bradshaw

Bridget Phillipson

Diana Johnson

Daniel Zeichner

Dan Jarvis

Derek Twigg

Frank Field

Gareth Thomas

George Howarth

Geoffrey Robinson

Gloria de Piero

Graham Allen

Hilary Benn

Ian Murray

Jo Cox

Jenny Chapman

Joan Ryan

John Mann

John Spellar

Jon Ashworth

Julie Elliott

Kate Green

Keith Vaz

Kerry McCarthy

Kevan Jones

Liam Byrne

Louise Ellman

Lucy Powell

Lyn Brown

Margaret Beckett

Maria Eagle

Meg Hillier

Natascha Engel

Neil Coyle

Richard Burden

Ruth Smeeth

Rob Flello

Shabana Mahmood

Stephen Doughty

Stephen Kinnock

Jess Phillips

Jonathan Reynolds

Steve Reed

Stephen Pound

Hostile group

Alan Campbell

Alison McGovern

Ann Coffey

Barry Sheerman

Caroline Flint

Chris Evans

Chris Leslie

Chuka Umunna

Elizabeth Kendall

Emma Reynolds

Fiona Mactaggart

Graham Jones

Harriet Harman

Ian Austin

Ivan Lewis

Jamie Reed

John Woodcock

Luciana Berger

Margaret Hodge

Mark Tami

Mary Creagh

Melanie Onn

Michael Dugher

Pat McFadden

Phil Wilson

Rachel Reeves

Simon Danczuk

Rosie Winterton

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