A political group in Huddersfield has found itself caught up in a row about the future of one of Labour’s most high profile politicians.
The Huddersfield branch of Momentum, a left wing group created in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, tweeted MP Hilary Benn on Sunday in response to a Tweet he had put about flooding in his Leeds Central constituency.
The group tweeted: “Cabinet reshuffle soon lad. So you’ll have more time to spend with your constituents.”
The tweet follows claims from Sunday newspapers that Mr Corbyn was planning to sack Mr Benn in the New Year as he prepares for a cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Benn was sent the message after tweeting a picture of a street in Leeds where services were pumping flood water out of basements.
He wrote: “Pumping out flooded properties in Dock Street. Talking to local business, lots have basements affected.”
People were quick to blast the Momentum’s comments, saying they were “harsh” and a “disgrace”.
Leeds MP Rachael Reeves labelled the comments as “unbelievable”, while colleague Wes Streeting said: “Good grief! What sort of person thinks to tweet this in such grim circumstances?!”
Momentum have since claimed they did not endorse the tweet, adding they did not know the person behind it.
Momentum Huddersfield’s Facebook group has clear links with the Labour.
Momentum were created off the back of Jeremy Corbyn’s successful leadership campaign earlier this year, and claim to be the “grassroots movement” for spreading support for Corbyn in towns across the country.
Flood clean-up images below