ANYONE calling for the deselection of Labour MPs should think about “who are the real enemy,” shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said yesterday.
Preparing the party for the next general election should be the prime concern, she added.
Labour was revealed last week to have overtaken Tories by eight points in a YouGov poll for the Times.
Ms Rayner told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “If we’re divided and we’re fighting each other, we’re not going to be able to implement [Labour’s manifesto].”
She continued: “Anyone that talks of deselecting any of my colleagues — quite frankly, they need to think about actually who are the real enemy here.
“Who are making the problems for our communities at the moment? Who have made those disastrous policies that are hurting the people that need us the most? And it doesn’t help them if we’re fighting each other.”
Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams also issued a plea for unity on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday.
She said: “We have a very talented group of MPs, including some that have been there for a while and including those that have just come on board. We all need to work together and to deliver.
“We could have an election in a few months and we need to be pulling together to make sure we can deliver for the country and for the people who have been marginalised and excluded for much, much too long.”
New Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery told the Daily Mirror last week that he didn’t see the deselection of MPs critical of Mr Corbyn “as the way forward.”