Opinion: Sunday August 21, at 6pm, supporters of Jeremy Corbyn will gather in London for what is expected to be the biggest rally of his 2016 leadership election campaign so far.
Ballot papers start to be sent out Monday but Mr Corbyn and his team have further rallies around the country scheduled. Presumably leadership contender Owen Smith will be in a similar position.
Corbyn is far from the underdog in this race but those trying to remove him as party leader certainly have some big guns on their side.
Blair's former old new Labour spin doctor was in the mainstream media Saturday spewing more bile in the direction of Corbyn supporters.
Later Saturday with a flurry and fanfare ITV news announced that in a couple of hours they would be reporting on a new convert to Camp Smith.
It was reminiscent of Angela Eagle and those announcements that there would be an announcement that then failed to materialise as the MPs scheduled resignations continued and the so-called chicken coup played out.
Saturday it was done in the finest, phoniest spin doctor style.
It had no class, honesty or credibility but was the usual style over substance.
When the name was announced later it was something of a damp squib to me.
It is London's Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Perhaps it will impress Labour voters in London but I doubt it will raise an eyebrow North of Watford or further afield.
To be honest I thought he was already well entrenched in Camp Smith. He certainly tried to put distance between himself and the party leader Jeremy Corbyn during his London mayoral campaign.
He is far from a man of the people even though he likes to refer back to his Dad who was a bus driver.
Of course this year's orchestrated chicken coup has its roots back in 2015 before Khan became London Mayor; it probably dates back to the date Corbyn was put on the ballot. Well maybe not that far back as MPs such as Alan Johnson thought Corbyn's leadership bid was hilarious and called him the joker in the pack.
But once they realised Jeremy could win all bets were of.
So Saturday it is Khan; last Sunday it was Michael Foster writing abusively in the Mail; and what will Sunday bring?
Who knows but the best advice is ignore the hype.
Khan's damning piece in the Observer will be republished here and there for maximum negative impact ahead of Sunday's rally and voting.
If you are in London Sunday enjoy the Corbyn rally. Let London tell Khan what they think of the Labour leader.
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August 21, 2016 at 6pm - 8pm
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Previously Khan said he was neutral on the leadership race 2016.
But Saturday Murdoch's Sky News has posted a report titled "London Mayor Sadiq Khan Calls On Labour To Ditch Jeremy Corbyn."
That begins "London's Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on fellow party members to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. In an article in The Observer, Mr Khan warns that the Labour Party "cannot go on like this," urging party members to ditch Mr Corbyn in next month's leadership election. The popular London Mayor, who until now has been tight lipped over who he is backing for party leader, announced his support for Mr Corbyn's rival, Owen Smith. In the damning article, Mr Khan accuses the Labour leader of failing to "win the trust and respect of the British people," saying his lack of leadership had become clear during the EU referendum."
More work on that self fulfilling prophecy from Khan and his gang.
Days ahead of the EU Referendum Khan was a guest at media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s exclusive drinks bash alongside the likes of Jerry Hall, Bob Geldof and Bill Wyman. Also in June he was up close and personal to members of the Royal Family at Wimbledon.
He may be your idea of a Labour politician but he certainly is not mine.
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