Alastair Campbell accuses Jeremy Corbyn of being ‘asleep on the job’

Ex-Tony Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell accuses Jeremy Corbyn of being ‘asleep on the job’ and warns Labour faces an ‘existential crisis’ as he abandons fight against expulsion from party for voting Lib Dem

  • Alastair Campbell said Corbyn needed to ask himself if he was ‘up to the job’
  • He wrote to Labour leader saying he would not fight expulsion imposed in May
  • Had been thrown out for revealing he voted for Lib Dems in European elections
  • Mr Campbell, 62, also said Mr Corbyn risked destroying the Labour party

Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell blasted Jeremy Corbyn for being ‘asleep on the job’ today as he abandoned his fight against expulsion from Labour.

The former No 10 communications chief laid into the current party leader after revealing he would no longer challenge the decision to kick him out for voting for the Liberal Democrats in May’s European Elections. 

In a blistering tirade against the hard Left opposition leader, Remainer Mr Campbell, 62, warned that the party faced an ‘existential crisis’ under Mr Corbyn’s tenure.  

‘I think that with Jeremy Corbyn he has got to look deep into himself and say is he up to the job, is he up to the challenge that (he) now faces?

‘Because if not, we are heading to a very dark, dangerous place with an unbelievably right-wing, populist Government and the answer to which is not a populism of the left,’ Mr Campbell told BBC radio.

‘I don’t think it’s personal, I think I’m saying what I think, it’s based on a lot of experience of campaigns and of politics, and reading it as I read it now, Labour is facing its own existential crisis… I think there is a danger that we’re going to be destroyed as a serious credible political force unless we face up to the reality of what’s going on.’       

Alastair Campbell, pictured speaking to the BBC today from France, has said he no longer wanted to be part of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party

Mr Campbell warned Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) he was poised to lose the next election against Boris Johnson in his letter which was published in full in the New European

Mr Campbell said he would not be joining other former Labour figures in joining the Liberald Democrats, but himnted he could help the party at a general lection, saying ‘all sorts of things are going to happen’ if it comes to a choice between Mr Corbyn and Boris Johnson.

Mr Campbell said he wanted to support Labour, but under Mr Corbyn it had ‘been taken over by people who until recently were Communists, they were Stalinists and they still are in my view’.

On Mr Corbyn, he added: ‘He has not led on Brexit, the anti-Semitism issue, there has not been proper leadership, they kid themselves that there’s a policy agenda out there that the country is even aware of.’ 

In bombshell comments last night former journalist Mr Campbell wrote a letter to the party leader saying that he would no longer fight his expulsion. 

In the letter, Mr Campbell warned Mr Corbyn he was poised to lose the next election against Boris Johnson.

In excoriating comments, he also said Mr Corbyn risked destroying the party as a ‘political force capable of winning power’.

He wrote: ‘With some sadness but absolute certainty, I have reached the conclusion that I no longer wish to stay in the party, even if I would be successful in my appeal or legal challenge.’

The letter was published in full in the New European.

He added: ‘In normal times, with a government having failed so badly for so long to address the challenges of the time, not just Brexit but so much else, the people would look towards the opposition not merely to oppose, but because they see a clear, credible, coherent alternative for government.

‘This simply is not happening. It is incumbent on everyone in the Labour Party – but especially you as leader – to reflect and take responsibility for what now happens.’

He went on: ‘I see no sign that you and your office have grasped the seriousness of what is happening, let alone devised or begun to execute a strategy to respond and defeat it.’

He also said Britain could be just weeks form an election, adding that with any current analysis he was ‘unlikely to be in a position to win a majority’.

His letter follows comments by Mr Blair who refused to confirm if he would vote Labour at the next general election.

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