Labour’s shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis has been attacked for disloyalty to Jeremy Corbyn at a mass rally held to oppose the Conservative Party.
On Sunday, the People’s Assembly Against Austerity held an anti-Tory march in central Birmingham to protest the Conservative Party conference being held in the city.
But one of the opening speakers at the rally used the stage to target Labour MPs who did not support Corbyn’s leadership.
John Rees, a spokesperson for the organisation, attacked Labour MPs for launching a leadership challenge against Corbyn in June.
“I say to the right-wing of the Labour Party, you wasted a summer. Nobody wanted that leadership contest. Jeremy Corbyn didn’t want that leadership contest. You forced us to fight amongst ourselves when we should have been fighting the Tories,” he told the crowd.
And he singled out Lewis by name.
“I’ll say this to Clive Lewis as well. Every pound spent on Trident. Every pound spent on the Nato imposed 2% of GDP arms budget. Every pound spent on guns and weapons and bombs, is a pound not spent on hospitals and schools and houses and decent wages.”
Lewis, who was appointed to the frontbench after scores of Labour MPs quit in an attempt to force Corbyn to resign, is seen as an ally of the Labour leader.
However tension between him and Corbyn’s office was exposed at Labour’s conference in Liverpool last week after The Huffington Post revealed his speech on defence policy was changed at the last minute without his agreement. It was reported he punched a wall backstage afterwards in frustration.
In a message to Lewis, Rees told the rally today to cheers:
“You’re only there, you are only in the shadow cabinet, because Jeremy Corbyn put you there. So start defending Jeremy Corbyn’s policy on Trident and Nato and arms spending.”
Lewis tweeted in response to Rees:
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