Ex-St Helens MP Dave Watts blasts Jeremy Corbyn

Former St Helens MP Dave Watts
Former St Helens MP Dave Watts

Former St Helens MP Dave Watts has blasted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s “disastrous” revenge reshuffle.

Mr Watts, who served as St Helens North’s Labour member of parliament for 18 years, also urged the far-left to ignore the “London-centric hard left in their £1m mansions”.

It is not the job of the parliamentary Labour party to sit around developing ultra-left wing policies which make them feel good

Ex-St Helens MP Dave Watts

Making his maiden speech in the House for Lords during a debate on the Government’s controversial Trade Union Bill, also lamented the sacking of two Labour MPs.

He said: “I would like to say to my own party leadership that last week, I think, was a disastrous week for us.

“When we should have been concentrating, and holding the Government to account for the floods and for this Bill, we involved ourselves in an unnecessary reshuffle and we lost two of our best communicators, Michael Dugher and Kevan Jones.

“My advice to my own party leadership is that they should take less notice of the London-centric hard left political class who sit around in their £1 million mansions eating their croissants at breakfast and seeking to lay the foundations for a socialist revolution.”

Mr Watts, the former chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, added: “It is not the job of the parliamentary Labour party to sit around developing ultra-left wing policies which make them feel good.

“It’s their job, and their responsibility, to come forward with policies which will help us to win the next general election.

“For those who don’t want to take on that task can I suggest they join a society in which they can enjoy sitting around having a philosophical debate about the meaning of socialism.

“Working people need a practical Labour Party and trade union movement that address their practical day to day issues.”