Labour fury as Corbyn challenger Angela Eagle's office window smashed

Posted On: 
12th July 2016

Labour MPs have expressed outrage after someone smashed a window at the constituency office of Angela Eagle, the MP who is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the party’s leadership.

Angela Eagle launching her leadership bid against Jeremy Corbyn yesterday

Reports have surfaced that a brick was thrown through the window of Ms Eagle’s Wallasey office, after she yesterday launched a leadership bid against Mr Corbyn

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Ms Eagle’s Westminster office confirmed to PoliticsHome the window was smashed, but has said the object that caused the damage has not been identified.

According to Buzzfeed her staff have also recieved threats, with one person leaving her a message yesterday branding her a "f*cking bitch".

Labour MP Wes Streeting hit out at colleagues and trade union leaders who have used incendiary language as the battle for the soul of the Labour party rages on.

"Threats to MPs are in themselves chilling in a democracy, but they also have an impact on the people who work for us,” he told PoliticsHome.

“Labour MPs and trade union leaders whipping up hostility to MPs mounting a democratic challenge should reflect heavily on the consequences of their words."

His comments could refer to Unite general secretary Len McLuskey, who yesterday condemned the ongoing parliamentary coup against Mr Corbyn in strong terms.

“This was an attempted political lynching, designed to bully and bludgeon Jeremy Corbyn, this deeply decent and kind man, out of the job he was elected to do,” he railed.

MP Tom Blenkinsop also condemned the incident on Twitter - noting that Labour’s HQ was under heightened security from pro-Corbyn demonstrators ahead of a key meeting of Labour bosses that could dictate the leader's future.

Merseyside Police confirmed they were investigating the incident.

"Merseyside Police can confirm they were called to premises in Manor Road, Wallasey, today, Tuesday 12 July, following reports of criminal damage," they said in a statement.

"It is believed that between 5pm last night and 9am today, damage was caused to the front ground floor window of an office."

Wallasey's local Labour party passed a motion of support for Mr Corbyn last week.

BALLOT ROW

The party’s ruling National Executive Committee will this afternoon decide whether Mr Corbyn will be automatically on the ballot paper in the inevitable leadership election.

The issue is teeing up a huge row between Mr Corbyn, his supporters and the rest of the party, with the Labour leader already hinting at legal action if the decision does not go his way.

It has been suggested that Mr Corbyn would need to find the support of 51 Labour MPs and MEPs in order to be on the ballot, as Neil Kinnock did in 1988 when he was challenged by Tony Benn.

But according to the BBC, legal advice sought by Unite the union says he must be on the ballot paper and makes clear legal action will be sought if not.

Mr Corbyn has refused to quit as leader despite more than 60 shadow ministers resigning the Labour frontbench in an attempt to force him out, plus an overwhelming vote of no confidence from his own MPs.