CHERIE BLAIR yesterday joined the revolt against Labour after Alastair Campbell was expelled for voting Lib Dem in the European elections.
Sources close to the barrister — wife of former Labour PM Tony — said she had not voted for the party and was ‘happy for it to be known’. She is understood to have also backed the pro-Remain Lib Dems, ITV News reported.
Mrs Blair’s intervention — effectively a challenge to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to kick her out of the party — followed an #expelmetoo social media backlash over the removal of Mr Campbell. Dozens of Labour supporters said they had voted Lib Dem and dared the leader to revoke their membership.
Senior figures joined in by revealing they had voted for parties that, unlike Labour, have come out strongly in favour of holding a second Brexit referendum.
Former home secretary and Labour chairman Charles Clarke said he had voted Lib Dem. And former defence secretary Bob Ainsworth said he had backed the Greens.
Mr Blair (pictured with Cherie) revealed earlier this week he had voted for Labour ‘without much enthusiasm’.
Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti yesterday tried to cool the row over Mr Campbell, who served as Mr Blair’s spin doctor.
She said the decision to expel him would be subject to a review and he could be allowed back in.
Many people had decided not to vote for Labour in the European poll for ‘heartfelt reasons’ and this should not be grounds for expulsion, she added.
Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has called Mr Campbell’s removal ‘spiteful’.
■ GORDON BROWN has urged Conservative leadership hopefuls to reject Nigel Farage’s ‘toxic them-versus-us nationalism’ and resist a ‘race to the bottom’. The former PM called the Brexit Party leader a ‘back-seat driver’ in the Tory race. In comments prepared for a speech in Peterborough last night ahead of Thursday’s by-election there, he urged people to ‘speak up against the hijacking of our patriotism’. ‘This is not Farage’s country,’ he added.