Open Letter To The Bitterite PLP Plotters From An Exasperated, Angry Labour Member


If you spend much more time whispering in darkened corners, you’ll end up looking like Gollum from Lord of the rings. You already sound like him. ‘It’s our precious…..those sneaky members can’t have it.’


Unfortunately your whispering and plotting doesn’t stay in those dark corners. Even before Jeremy won, you were undermining him loudly and publicly; pledging not to serve in his shadow cabinet, referring to him as ‘hard left’ and labelling his supporters as mad, bad or in need of a heart transplant. We’ve given up hope you’ll put the party before your bitterness. And ‘thanks’ to your electorally toxic antics amplified by an anti-Corbyn media, some people have given up hope of electoral success. But we haven’t given up on Jeremy, or socialism.

That’s why you’ve had to come up with this new plan, to gather anti-Corbyn data whilst canvassing to ‘prove’ that Corbyn is losing us votes.


Except we have a bit of a chicken and egg issue here which you have chosen to ignore, probably because it’s an issue of your own making. If you had wanted to ‘prove’ that Corbyn was a failure on his own terms you would have had to get behind him from day one; served willingly in his shadow cabinet, not engaged in constant briefing, sniping, coup speculation, coups and damaging leadership challenges. But that is not the case. Your antics have had a hugely damaging effect on our party’s credibility. Most significantly, it’s damaged Corbyn. Which is why your suggestion for canvassers to ascertain whether your vile behaviour has paid off, is so outrageous.

At the end of the day there is no need to ask hard working campaigners to find out how much you’ve tarnished Corbyn’s leadership credentials. On that front, you’ve been very successful, and you know it full well. Let’s face it, if 172 Tory MPs had replicated your mass tantrum, Mrs May would be tanking in the polls too.

So give yourselves a big clap on the back. Treat yourself to an expensive bottle of champers out of your generous salary, and toast the damage you’ve done to our party. Toast the fact that your anti-Corbyn antics have drastically diminished our chances of winning the next General Election. Toast the fact you’ve let down ordinary, struggling people who desperately needed a decent, socialist Labour government.


Because one thing is for sure, if your antics work, and Corbyn’s leaderships fails, there will be nothing left that’s decent or socialist about the Labour Party.

Chelley Ryan



  1. Rosemary Hedges · March 21, 2017

    Fully agree.
    Any failures are because of you. Any successes are despite you.
    Shame on you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Billie Dale Wakefield · March 21, 2017

    fully agree with both the article and the previous comment!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. The Colossus · March 21, 2017

    Hear, hear.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Florence · March 21, 2017

    I understand the sentiment, but I disagree with the final sentiment.

    I think that there are 500,000 reasons that if Corbyn’s leadership fails, socialism will live on and the red flag will be flying high. If his leadership fails, it will be a night of long knives for the Bitterites, front and back. They may want to preside over the bonfire of the Labour party but if they do alienate the electorate we will be left with no alternative but to have a purge of our own, and there will be no going back. Swift, sudden, bloody and final.

    One just hopes they wont keep up this disgusting corrupt behaviour, but one knows, sadly, that there is little hope of common sense and decency.

    Liked by 2 people

    • treborc · March 22, 2017

      But look at how many on the left decided to back Smith, my MP says she a socialist, NiA Griffiths although I doubt it, she backed Corbyn is still on his front bench yet decided to phone me up to state she backs Smith, she may not have liked my reply


  5. shelley hutchings · March 21, 2017

    Beautifully written Chell’s. Keep on truth telling. Bless you x

    Liked by 1 person

  6. alison warner · March 21, 2017

    you’re right, Chelley – been watching from the sidelines and it’s clear the vested interests in the party are more interested in bringing Jeremy down than in bringing the Tories down – not very comradely

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Mark Catlin · March 21, 2017

    Reblogged this on Declaration Of Opinion.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. angie hammons · March 21, 2017

    Chelley is 100% correct – your tantrums and posturing have damaged a party that was already struggling against boundary changes and a wave of disconnect with mainstream politics. Give yourself a slap on the back indeed.
    However I will add that you’ve been outmanoeuvred for once, and by none other than George Galloway!
    The gorton bi election doesn’t look like such a safe seat this evening – i don’t suppose you saw that coming, did you?
    Now I am labour through and through. I hope labour hold the seat and i hope we keep our massive majority. But one thing’s for sure – if we lose either the majority, or heaven forbid, the constituency, to George, nobody will able to blame that on Jeremy Corbyn.
    Any failure in Gorton will lie at Keith Vaz’ door. Conversely, a held majority, or a sizeable win against George can only be thanks to Corbyn.
    How does it feel when the shoe is on the other foot?

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  9. John Finney · March 21, 2017

    I asked a question at a resent CLP meeting to our local MP, ” How is the relationship of the PLP’s now with the Leader” the reply was “We sit in silence ” Then we where requested to go out at the weekend and support the MP. In there desire still to represent the constituency.


  10. andymoir · March 22, 2017

    Well said everybody , a little note to be added, we retain the right to keep the Labour party name and logo , please don’t think that’s going anywhere , we the membership are over 600,000 strong whereas 171 rebel MPs are unfortunately not strong at all , you keep your lobbying money , we keep the original values of the Labour party going

    Thank you Chelley, great article. Spot on


  11. Agree totally, thanks for penning this. If George wins, he will support Corbyn. I hope Fax chooses a centrist to go up against George! That would shut them up for….5 seconds maybe!


  12. Sorry, typo..Should read Vaz.


  13. Dave Hunt · March 22, 2017

    Fully agree, powerful letter. Rebel PLP behaves that way because it’s a job for life, so they think. Don’t they understand how well paid they are compared to nearly all of us, and how privileged they should be to serve?


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  15. Lorraine Parnell · March 22, 2017

    So well said all I can do is agree and despair at the state of our politics!


  16. A6er · March 25, 2017

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


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