Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 3 July 2024

To know Keir Starmer is to know Morgan McSweeney is to know Tony Blair. McSweeney is Starmer’s chief fixer and founder of professional censors, the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), which will see its power to censor opposition to the official narrative soar under Starmer

Note the American spelling of ‘Center’ – it is a transatlantic censorship operation connecting into the US Woke networks. CIA operative Lindsay Moran has been the organisation’s Head of Communications. It’s CEO and co-founder is Imran Ahmed, another Labour Party activist, who you will be hearing much more from under a Labour government. 

This March, Andrew Marr told New Statesman readers there is a ‘battle for Keir Starmer’s soul’ as ‘two groups on the party’s right are vying to control its future’. Marr said these groups fighting to ‘control’ Starmer are the Tony Blair Institute and Labour Together.

Labour members certainly weren’t told they were getting a vote-Starmer-get-Blair deal. With Labour Together, many simply won’t know who they are, let alone whether they want them in charge. So who are this group with access to Keir Starmer’s soul?

Labour Together calls itself ‘a think tank offering bold ideas for Britain under a Labour government’. They have many things in common with Westminster’s corporate-funded policy shops, but Labour Together’s single-minded drive for back-room sway with Labour’s leadership is something different. The organisation looks more like a scheme for a band of high-net-worth individuals to shape Labour’s leadership, fixing them to the low-tax, pro-market policies they and their bank balances prefer.

A glance at the Register of MP’s Interests shows they are more than a ‘think tank’.  Labour Together spends tens of thousands of pounds supplying ‘assistants’ to Labour’s front bench. Rachel Reeves, Angela Rayner, Yvette Cooper, David Lammy, John Healey, Shabana Mahmood, Ian Murray, Nick Thomas-Symonds, and Louise Haigh have all had staff courtesy of Labour Together, either via secondment or funding. This kind of backstage contribution is way beyond typical ‘think tank’ practice.

Labour Together is a big money operation. Founded in 2015, when Corbyn became leader, it raised around £700,000 up to 2019 from rich former New Labour donors. While Labour Together posed as a ‘soft left’, unifying organisation, behind the scenes it worked on the plan Starmer used to regain power for the Labour right. In essence, New Labour’s rich supporters paid to get their party back. Since Starmer became leader, Labour Together has raised an additional £4 million as new, non-Labour ultra-high-net-worth individuals became backers.

In 2017, Labour Together hired Morgan McSweeney, a veteran Labour rights organiser, as director. McSweeney ran Liz Kendall’s 2015 Labour leadership bid. Kendall’s uninspiringly Blairite, corporate lobbyist-funded campaign crashed into last place against Jeremy Corbyn, with just 4.5 percent of the vote. But Labour Together’s polling of party members in 2017 showed McSweeney how to beat future left candidates. Their analysis divided Labour members into three groups: a solid left core that backed Corbyn, who they labelled ‘Ideologues’; ‘Instrumentalists’ would vote for whichever leader would be likely to win the next election; and ‘Idealists’ who made up the middle 40 percent of the membership and were often younger and projected on to Corbyn what they wanted him to be, supporting him for his progressive policies and rejection of  Tory austerity and Blairite warmongering and privatisation.

Read More: Behind Labour Together

Morgan McSweeney: Labour election guru and bogeyman of the party’s left

For a man at the heart of the Labour party, Morgan McSweeney lives a long way from Westminster. He spends much of his time doing a six-hour commute from home in Lanark, the town south of Glasgow where he lives with his family, to Labour’s HQ in Southwark. Despite the distance he travels, he is in many ways the ultimate Labour insider – one who has made it his mission to transform the way the party appeals to the country.

As Labour’s elections guru and Keir Starmer’s closest aide, McSweeney has near-unrivalled influence. He is credited by many for steering Labour to all-but-certain victory in the election next month. Adored by many staffers and key shadow cabinet ministers alike, some party figures retain more affection for him than they do the leader. The highest form of praise in Labour HQ is: “Morgan loves it.”

But his popularity outside of the central party machine is not universal. His long crusade to expunge Corbynism from the Labour party has made him a bogeyman of the left. He has shown little sentiment for those candidates and activists pushed aside in his pursuit of that aim, and has a penchant for ruthlessly promoting his friends and allies. Many of them have been parachuted in as candidates in safe and easily winnable Labour seats, ready to play a role in a Labour government.

McSweeney’s allies are unapologetic. “Morgan’s the saviour of the Labour party,” one former colleague said. “Remember all those fuckers who abandoned the party [under Jeremy Corbyn] for Change UK or for fake jobs with Boris Johnson. Morgan stayed in the party and pulled us out of the mire, by raising money, commitment, strategy and most of all his own bloody sweat. People would do well to remember that … And lots of the people who got safe seats you can criticise all you like, but they are also the ones who put in a shift to get us here when so many others opted out.”

“Without him I don’t think any of this could really have happened,” a well-connected party figure allied to McSweeney said. “Prior to the 2020 leadership campaign, it was basically him that worked out that Keir was the non-Corbynite candidate that could win.”

As 4 July nears, one of the key questions occupying Westminster is what role McSweeney would take on in a Starmer government. He has been called both Starmer’s Dominic Cummings and his Isaac Levido, but he fits neither mould. In different ways those men have both approached the Conservative party from the outside, while McSweeney’s defining mission has been to change Labour’s machinery from within and transform the party into an electoral force.

Read More: Morgan McSweeney: Labour election guru and bogeyman of the party’s left

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