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Hundreds of official leaflets were sent to regional Labour offices last week, but prospective MPs have said they would rather “burn or bin” the flyers than use them for election campaigning. Such a stance appears to be in direct opposition to Jeremy Corbyn’s new Brexit policy, including his pledge to support a second referendum and campaign to stay in the EU if the only options are “a bad Tory deal” or leaving without a deal. Party officials have described the official leaflets as “toxic”, in what looks set to be an open revolt against the Labour leadership.
The official material details six pledges, including one that reads: “Labour will campaign to remain against no deal or a bad Tory deal.”
Candidates from Yorkshire and Essex said they would prefer to throw away material, including flyers and free-post envelopes, than endorse a policy that doesn’t stand by the 2016 EU referendum, according to The Sunday Times.
A party official said: “It’s a very serious situation.
“They think we’re betraying the working class, so they’d rather not use campaigning material.
“I can’t think of any candidate who’s ever say ‘no’ to free stuff that helps them get elected.
“A lot of these candidates are pro-Corbyn, but they know what he’s asking them to say will be toxic on the doorstep.
“It poses the question of what on earth they’re going to do in the event of the general election they say they want.”
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A spokesman for the Taoiseach confirmed that Boris Johnson was invited and said the pair will meeting “in the coming weeks” – but the exact date is yet to be confirmed. They added that “the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop are not up for negotiation”.