Sir Keir hopes to put the Labor Party in a new gear as he prepares to create a manifesto and lose the outfit of radical left-wing image under former leader Jeremy Corbyn adopted last week he whipped MPs to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, a move against which many of Corbyn’s allies – the Corbynites – were vehemently opposed to their opposition to the new leader after Sir Keir left Mr Corbyn in October Party had suspended only to resume his membership but refused to put him back in the whip

There is talk of a small group of Corbynite, socialist-minded MPs, mainly backers, who are trying to make Sir Keir’s work as difficult as possible

This was partially exposed after 37 Labor MPs either abstained or voted against the government’s Brexit deal, contrary to the wishes of their own leader

The rebels included a number of prominent Corbynite MPs: Dianne Abbott, Clive Lewis, Rebecca Long Bailey, John McDonnell, Richard Burgon, and Corbyn himself

It will continue to do so, Steven Fielding, professor of political history at the University of Nottingham, told Expressco UK as a small group against what they see as Sir Keir’s watering down of the party’s traditional place in politics, and hope to “rebuild” and group back to their former standing

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About the Labor MPs who think Sir Keir has not gone far enough in his position as opposition leader, Prof Fielding: “There are certainly a small number of Labor MPs who will never believe he goes far enough and never will”

“Certain people like Richard Burgon and organizations like Momentum will always criticize him for not doing enough because they always measure him by what Jeremy would have done

“They are obviously playing for a position within the Labor Party’s domestic politics and are hoping that it can eventually be rebuilt

Tonia Antoniazzi, MP for Gower, Helen Hayes, MP from Dulwich and West Norwood, and Florence Eshalomi, MP for Vauxhall, resigned from their posts

In a statement on her website, Ms. Hayes, a minister with the Shadow Cabinet Office, said, “This is a bad deal that will make our country poorer

“It will cost jobs, undermine our security, weaken our standing in the world, compromise workers’ rights and the environment, and limit opportunities for our children and grandchildren”

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Sir Keir appears to be trying to appease members of his party to encourage decentralization across the UK

Many noted that his announcement of a “Constitutional Commission” was a sign that the Labor leader was afraid of an independent Scotland and a loss of seats and relevance that would hit the party hard

And while many Labor MPs have welcomed the urge for delegated powers, others say it is another sign that the party has no contact with the electorate

Paul Embery, a senior trade unionist and Labor member, told Expressco UK that Labor had attempted significant decentralization in the early naughties of Tony Blair’s leadership, which only resulted in more bureaucratic levels of government with no “real affinity”

Mr Embery took note of the failed referendum on decentralization in the northeast of 2004, in which the people living in the region voted against 78-22 percent

“The Labor Party tried the Northeast in the early 2000s and it was not picked up by people

“I think people see these regional potential governments as artificial constructs, and people just think it’s another level of government that has no real affinity

“Going to the Northeast might make people feel like Geordie, or they might feel like a specific place or county like Durham, but they don’t feel like a Northeast who doesn’t really have much”Meaning

“When you go to Devon and Cornwall people may feel like Devon or Cornwall and have an affinity for those counties, but they don’t feel like Southwesters

Although Sir Keir’s message was largely directed to Scotland, he will hope that those in the north of England will take notice of these congregations in what is known as the “Red Wall” – working class, work-safe seats that fell to the Tories in 2019

His support for Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal was also seen as a way to win those voters back

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