The LP leaked report shows conclusively that in 2017 it was the Labour right who purposefully enabled the Tories.
Despite the constant attempts by the PLP and the party machine in collaboration with the likes of the Daily Mail, to dislodge Corbyn and smearing the party as being institutionally antisemitic to do so, he very nearly got an overall majority!
Is it possible that with the full support, or even frankly simply the silence, of the PLP and Party bureaucracy he might have got that overall majority!?
So what changed between 2017 and the disastrous 2019 election result? Well, principally what changed was the parties position on Brexit! And to ignore Brexit in the 2019 result is wilful ignorance. The LP lost the 60 seats in the Labour Heartlands almost entirely because the LP became perceived as a Remain party.
Yet the Labour right continue to ignore these electoral realities and claim that it is only ever ‘electability’ that they are concerned with and that they opposed Corbyn because he was unelectable! This is clearly nonsense and the 2017 election results clearly demonstrate that Corbyn was electable.
But Blair himself gave the game away when he said openly that he did not and would not support a left Labour government led by Corbyn, and this attitude is true of the Labour right in general. The Labour right would rather see the LP defeated than see a left social democratic Labour Party in power.
And this has been the case forever. In 1935 Labour, under what was then regarded internally as the caretaker leadership of Clement Attlee following the resignation of George Lansbury, made large gains over their very poor showing at the 1931 general election, and saw their highest share of the vote (until 1945). They made a net gain of over a hundred seats, thus reversing much of the ground lost in 1931. And the ground that was lost in 1931 was largely due to Ramsey MacDonald, elected to power as the leader of the LP, formed a right-wing, breakaway ‘National Labour Party’ (The SDP of the 30’s) and literally formed a Tory government!
History confirms the reality that the right of the LP are quite happy to see the LP defeated rather than see even a left social democratic LP in power, let alone a socialist LP.