EXCL Jeremy Corbyn allies plan major Labour shake-up before he quits as leader

Posted On: 
5th January 2020

Allies of Jeremy Corbyn are planning a major re-organisation of the Labour Party before his successor is appointed, PoliticsHome has learned.

Karie Murphy with Jeremy Corbyn following the 2017 general election.
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Karie Murphy, Mr Corbyn's chief of staff, and Labour general secretary Jennie Formby have drawn up the changes in the wake of last month's general election, which saw the Conservatives win an 80-seat majority.

Details of the proposals, which is likely to lead to some members of staff being made redundant, are set to be unveiled at a meeting of Labour's National Executive Committee on Monday.

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They are believed to include plans to change Labour's "analytics" team, which assesses data and polling, and rip up the system of regional organisers.

It is thought that the pair want the "far-reaching" changes to be in place by the end of March, before Mr Corbyn steps down.

But the moves are likely to meet with resistance from those vying to be the new leader, who believe any shake-up of the party's structures should be put on hold until they have taken over.

One senior party source accused Ms Murphy and Ms Formby of wanting to "burn the house down" before Mr Corbyn's successor is chosen.

Another insider said: "It’s a clear scorched earth policy and would mean irredeemable change for the party. They have no mandate or right to be getting rid of people they don't like."

"Karie wants to get rid of the analytics people because she refuses to listen to polling - which she says is all slanted and biased - even though it's just been proven to be horrifically accurate," another senior figure added.

PoliticsHome understands that a senior official with the GMB trade union, which represents most Labour staff, will hold talks with the party's head of human resources, on Wednesday to discuss the proposals.

A senior Labour Party source said: "Organisational review is normal and necessary after a general election. 

"Any staffing or structural changes would be subject to full consultation with the relevant trade unions."