Labour MPs have shared their exasperation after Jeremy Corbyn’s media team publicly rebuked claims made by a former colleague.
The account responded to Reed’s claim that Corbyn himself suggested Labour could increase its majority in Copeland - which ultimately fell to the Conservatives by 2,147 votes last week.
“Saddest thing is that Jeremy told me he expected to increase the majority,” Reed wrote on Sunday, following the by-election triggered by his resignation.
But within hours, the Labour Leader Media account responded: “Jamie Reed should check his texts. It was he who wrote to Jeremy ‘we can increase the majority’ (24/12/16), not the other way round.”
Labour MPs including Stella Creasy, Gavin Shuker and Jess Phillips spoke out after the public spat.
“Spent weekend trying to convince people we are a cause worth fighting for @LOTOcomms - please don’t do this as damages us all,” Creasy wrote.
Luton MP Shuker wrote: “Please stop embarrassing yourself.”
While Phillips teased: “If we’re sharing texts....”
The LOTOcomms Twitter account appears to be a part manifestation of a more combative media strategy from the leader’s team.
It has been used since February 12th to issue strongly-worded rebuttals of tweets and media stories critical of Corbyn’s leadership.
One tweet sent from the account on February 19th shared a Daily Mirror story, with the added caption: “This @MirrorOnline story is entirely untrue.”
Another sent on February 22nd responded to a Daily Telegraph story, saying: “If you’d asked us to comment @Telegraph, you’d know that we’re not.”
And with reference to American political drama ‘The West Wing’, Politico reported: “As part of a ‘let Corbyn be Corbyn’ approach, aides intend to take a relaxed approach to message discipline, even if it prompts controversy.”
A previous attempt by a campaign linked to Corbyn used a ‘fact check’ website to answer critics and reject perceived falsehoods.
But the project spectacularly backfired when people mocked the leader with the hashtag #CorbynFacts.
It comes after Corbyn appeared angered on Sunday when asked three times if he would be Labour’s leader for the 2020 general election.
“I’ve given you a very, very clear answer,” he said during a Sky News interview.