Jeremy Corbyn’s Campaign Director Sam Tarry Warns Labour Not ‘Fit’ To Fight General Election

“In a strange way I almost wish it didn’t stop,” Tarry said of the Labour leadership battle. “What we needed to do was carry on the operation as much as possible, integrate it with the Labour Party, right through to whenever a general election happens”.

“I felt we ran a campaign which had some of the components of what I want to see a general election campaign be like.

“We ran a hell of an autumn campaign and we need to take the best of what Jeremy’s campaign was able to produce and to use that within the Labour Party to put it on the best footing possible to win a general election.”

Looking back at Labour’s slip from second to third place in Scotland, Tarry added: “We can’t have a second general election where the Labour Party is behind the Tories in terms of how they use Facebook. That’s just crazy.”

Tarry also said the party needed to “hugely increase the calibre of people that are in parliament” as the current Labour benches were “lacking”.

“Sometimes I think maybe the next leader of the Labour Party is not even in parliament yet. British politics is in such as state of flux at the moment. We could actually be a bit like the Tories, there is the potential to skip a generation at some point,” he said.

Trry did not promote deselection of MPs, “that’s far too divisive”. But did not mince his words about the right of the PLP. “I mean they are completely devoid of any serious thinkers whatsoever,” he said. “They are certainly devoid of any electoral strategy whatsoever.

“We have some fantastic MPs in the shadow cabinet. We’ve got people that are quite young, thrown in at the deep end, who really are swimming, like Angela Raynor, she is superb.

“But I think there are a huge amount of people in the PLP who just have this huge sense of entitlement. But have no skills in terms of community organising. No skills in terms of building a movement. No strategy for winning a general election and are kind of quite intellectually bankrupt,” he said.

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