Anger as controversial Jeremy Corbyn aide Andrew Fisher wins top Labour policy role
A controversial aide to Jeremy Corbyn who urged voters to back a rival party at the last general election has sparked fresh anger by landing a top party role.
Andrew Fisher was named Labour's executive director of policy yesterday in a move described as a "travesty" by one MP.
Mr Fisher was at the centre of controversy last year when he was suspended for backing a left-wing candidate against his Labour rival, Emily Benn, during the election.
In a tweet which has since been deleted, he said: "If you live in Croydon South, vote with dignity, vote @campaignbeard" - the Twitter name of Class War hopeful John Bigger.
The morning after the election, Mr Fisher posted another tweet welcoming the fact that Ed Balls had lost his seat.
Separately, a video also appeared last year in which he said he had “very violent, bloody nightmares… fantasies” about hitting former Labour Cabinet minister James Purnell.
Mr Fisher continued working as Mr Corbyn's head of policy during his suspension, which was eventually lifted by the party's National Executive Committee.
It is understood that no other candidates were considered for his new role, which gives him huge power over the direction of the Labour party.
Labour MP John Woodcock last night reacted angrily to his appointment.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reported this morning that Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer was "absolutely furious" at a speech given by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell earlier this week when he hailed the "enormous opportunity" presented by leaving the EU.
A spokesman for Mr McDonnell insisted the general thrust of the speech had been agreed in advance.