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.
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)
Core group plus
Susan Elan Jones
Neutral but not hostile
Core group hostile
Gloria de Piero
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