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Simon Danczuk causes outrage by suggesting Labour MPs should subvert democratically elected leader

Date published: 12 August 2015


With the polls showing Jeremy Corbyn streets ahead in the Labour leadership contest, Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk caused outrage following an interview on LBC in which he suggested the democratic vote of Labour members in their choice of the new party leader should effectively be ignored.

He said: "...that the leadership race had been badly organised and described it as 'not even tenable... we're moving towards a position where [re-running] it is necessary'."

One local critic, Paul Mitchell, took to social media to mock Mr Danczuk posting: "Ah bless Simon Danczuk doesn't like democracy and prefers a coup! Good grief. This is Britain not North Korea idiot. One member, one vote."

Addressing Mr Danczuk, Jill Rowe said: "You're a disgrace to the Labour Party and so is anyone else who plots a coup against any democratically elected leader."

Dave Robinson was one of a number of Labour party members who said they would leave if a coup took place: "So Simon Danczuk thinks we should overthrow the democratically elected leader of the Labour party? I'd leave in a heartbeat if that happened."

Mr Danczuk nailed his colours to the mast of the Blairite MP Liz Kendall very early in the leadership campaign and the polls show he has backed the candidate currently trailing in last place.

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