Jeremy Corbyn: Our Part in His Downfall

Lord Warner of Brockley has resigned the Labour whip, denouncing the Corbyn-led Labour Party as "not credible". In his letter, he says:

"I have watched for some time the declining quality of the Labour party’s leadership, but had not expected the calamitous decline achieved in 2015. The Labour party is no longer a credible party of government-in-waiting. The approach of those around you and your own approach and policies is highly likely to to worsen the decline and in the Labour party’s credibility.

“I fear for the future of the Labour party if your supporting activists secure ever control of the party’s apparatus and process, and the role of the parliamentary Labour party diminishes further in the selection of a leader and the formulation of policies likely to win an election.”

Lord Warner was a health minister during the Blair administration and has been criticised in the past for his links to companies that stand to profit from the liberalisation of NHS procurement. His decision reinforces the trend for all major political moments of the modern Labour era to be about Greater Brockley, one way or another:

- Tom Watson owes his deputy leadership of the party to campaign manager and Brockley Councillor, Baroness Kennedy

- Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander is a Lewisham MP and arguably the most senior woman on Corbyn's front bench

- Brockley MP Vicky Foxcroft has joined his team of whips to help bring order to a bloody-minded Parliamentary Labour Party