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Morning Star’s New Best Friends: Frank Field and Kate Hoey.

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Kate Hoey  with Friends.

The Morning Star publishes this ‘report’ today  on the  views of hard-right xenophobic ‘Labour MPs’.

Notice that the “report” begins with the views of their new best friends.

LABOUR is in danger of losing one million votes to Ukip — enough to lose the next election — if it pushes too hard for a Remain vote in the June 23 referendum, senior backbenchers warned yesterday.

Pro-Brexit former ministers Frank Field and Kate Hoey made the statements as party grandees and frontbenchers lined up to make speeches in favour of Remain.

Mr Field said that Labour should instead be encouraging people to vote in the “best interests of our country” and warned that not doing so would drive supporters to vote for Nigel Farage in the next general election.

He said: “The danger now is that another one million Labour voters will believe a Ukip vote is the only way” of protecting Labour voters from “the horrific side-effects of globalisation.”

Ms Hoey said that there is a “middle-class intellectual attitude” among activists that overshadows the EU debate and was joined by German-born Labour MP Gisela Stuart who said her party had made a mistake in establishing itself as pro-EU.

Ms Stuart, who chairs Vote Leave, warned many of her constituents say immigration is a concern and “in whole swathes of the country that stance is the biggest Ukip recruiting agent I can think of.

“They feel there are legitimate concerns and Labour are not even responding to it.”

They do find time for somebody of considerably less importance,

Former leader Ed Miliband made a plea to party supporters to vote Remain — after the number of Labour MPs backing a Brexit rose to 10 — in saying that leaving the EU would not end problems relating to immigration and social justice.

In a keynote speech, he accused pro-Brexit Tory MPs Boris Johnson and Michael Gove of trying to “perpetrate a fraud” on the electorate by claiming to be standing up for the rights of workers and the NHS.

Unaccountably the Morning Star’s Newshounds did not put this story on their web site.

Mann of the people Senior Labour MP breaks cover and calls for working-class Brits to vote Brexit

John Mann said staying in the EU could destroy chances of jobs, homes or school places for Brits.

Well-established rumours that Hoey, Field and Mann are to be offered columns in the Morning Star to join that of George Galloway,  have not been confirmed.



Written by Andrew Coates

June 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm

8 Responses

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  1. “Well-established rumours” means “I just made this up”

    Nick Wright

    June 11, 2016 at 3:34 pm

  2. The term was recently used by one of your Lexit mates, and it has become something of a motto amongst us hard nosed reporters anxious to sniff out the facts in these often confusing and hard to follow debates.

    Andrew Coates

    June 11, 2016 at 3:36 pm

  3. “Ms Hoey said that there is a “middle-class intellectual attitude” among activists.. ”

    there is certainly a middle class attitude from those such as this site, (((Jim Denham))), Paul Canning and the middle class gay rights agenda who are all pro EU remain.

    It is in the best interests of the working class to vote leave.


    June 11, 2016 at 11:36 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Redvince's Weblog.


    June 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

  5. Birmingham Trades Council has just held a hilarious “debate” on the EU, chaired by a pro-Brexit fanatic determined to bias the discussion in favour of his side, bur who couldn’t prevent us left remainers wiping the floor with the collection of ageing Stalinists, SWP’ers and assorted little Englanders ranged against.

    The main speaker for ‘Out’ was the SWP’s Jospeh Choonera (also billed as being from the ‘Lexit’ campaign), who felt it necessary, in his closing remarks to insist that the SWP would *never* use the argument that foreign workers undermined the terms and conditions of workers in Britain – except that previous floor speakers from both the CP and from the Socialist Party, had used precisely that argument. The CP/Morning Star is certainly part of the ‘Lexit’ Campaign and I understand the SP’s request to join has been agreed. So although, according to Choonera, the SWP wouldn’t use such an argument, they are happy to ally with people who do …

    By the way, Another Europe Is Possible speaker Hattie Craig (on of the few women present and probably the *only* person under 30 in the room) was absolutely superb, and clearly rattled Choonera, who had no comeback on her central arguments about internationalism and workers’ rights, except to deny reality.

    Jim Denham

    June 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm

  6. But immigrant workers do undermine the terms and conditions of workers in Britain.
    it is internationalism that denies reality and Choonara is a bit of a twit and tied up to an obsolete Trotskyism.

    Down with the EUSSR/Fourth Reich
    Grassroots OUT!


    June 12, 2016 at 4:01 pm

  7. Migrants contribute £2.5 billion more in tax than they claim in benefits. Generally, countries with more immigration are economically more dynamic and prosperous. If the labour movement organises the migrants, the movement becomes stronger, culturally richer, broader-horizoned.

    A study by Christian Dustmann and Tommaso Frattini found that in Britain between 1997 and 2005 middle earners gained 1.5p an hour and upper earners 2p from the effects of immigration. They estimated wages of the worst-paid 5% as 0.7p an hour worse than they would have been without immigration. That 0.7p is tiny compared to the positive effects which can be won when workers of all origins unite to win a living wage — and tiny compared to the negative effect of dividing workers by country of origin.

    Jim Denham

    June 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm

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