The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has begged his colleagues not to consider forming a new centrist party as it could lead to Jacob Rees Mogg becoming Prime Minister who he has branded as an extremist.
Khan said that internal battles within Labour, like mandatory reselection, failed to address voters’ concerns and warned those considering to split from the party to adopt the attitude used by Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson in the 1990s.
He told The Times:
I’ve not been approached by anyone directly but from what I understand the prospect of Labour splitting is absolutely a genuine danger.
This hasn’t been a serious possibility for 35 years but it is now. I can understand why people are frustrated.
The internal fighting and factionalism over recent years has been emotionally draining. If any Labour MPs were to split now it would be a betrayal to all those people who need a Labour government and be even worse that the Gang of Four in 1981.
At least they didn’t have the benefit of hindsight. A Labour split would open the door to a truly extreme minister such as Jacob Rees-Mogg.
At a time when even supposedly moderate Conservatives, such as Sajid Javid, are saying they would scrap workers’ rights and consumer protections after Brexit, you can only imagine the damage an even more extreme prime minister would cause.
It could set our country back by decades.”
Khan was recently coronated as Labour’s London candidate in next year’s Mayoral elections despite presiding over a London that has seen crime rates rocket ahead that of even New York.