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THREAD: My journey into the polite, efficient belly of the beast @ BBC

I'd been asked to contribute a homemade video for #VictoriaLIVE a few months ago but it didn't get used.
This time they wanted me in the studio to talk #LabourSplit. It was a surreal experience. 1/
Phone interview night b4 w/ a nice man. Good Qs & I gave a good account of the left.

Why join Labour?
-socialisms back
-parliament stealing vote
-EU corrupt
-JCs CU has a majority
-no, many reasons
-to stop #JC4PM2019
-not since Pete Willsman
Etc 2/
I'd been waiting a few hours for that phonecall while at work. I missed one on silent & began to worry I'd missed the boat! Would they just go down a list of phone numbers & use whoever answered first?

When the call came it was a portal thrown open. 3/
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As a researcher in social media & pol. representation, I've been thinking of the role social media has had in the creation of the #Independantgroup. My initial thoughts are it's hard to see... (thread)

#LabourSplit / #TorySplit
Obviously it's clear that social media has had a pivotal role in the groups media management. Using it for getting their name out there and trending.

Meanwhile journalists and commenter's have kept the groups name fresh by multiple comments.
They have also kept the media management really cleverly ordered. Any announcement by Corbyn or May has quickly been followed by yet another Independent Group media reveal.
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The new Independent Group party has picked up 18.2K Twitter followers in the first hour. Impressive. #LabourSplit #ChangePolitics
400 more added since I posted that.
400 more. I'm not going to keep updating the count every couple of minutes, but it's indicative of the interest they're generating (I am not suggesting that everyone following them agrees with them!)
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The new "Independent Group" political party's website is now live (and taking donations)... #LabourSplit #ChangePolitics
It includes a statement of the party's values that I suspect will resonate with many...
"Sitting as the Independent Group of MPs we appeal to colleagues from all parties to consider the best interests of the country above short-term party-political considerations and choose to do likewise."
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BREAKING: Luciana Berger leaves @UKLabour along with several other MPs to form the #IndependentGroup. She says she is "embarrassed and ashamed" to be in Labour. Adds that the party is "institutionally antisemitic."

#LabourAntisemitism #LabourSplit
.@ChrisLeslieMP, also resigning from Labour, says: "(regarding the leadership of the party) there is an appalling culture of intolerance, closing down of debate, abuse online and offline, and antisemitism."

#LabourSplit #LabourAntisemitism #IndependenceGroup
.@anncoffey_mp, also leaving Labour, cites #LabourAntisemitism as a key reason for leaving @UKLabour.

#LabourSplit #IndependenceGroup
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So let's get some things straight on this #laboursplit then. /THREAD
People resigning today are hardly 'cateerist' or 'opportunist'. They are fairly likely blowing up their political careers because they've had enough. That's the very opposite of 'opportunism'.
The huge amount of hatred that will be poured out on them online (and elsewhere) today is one MO of New New Labour. It's a design feature, not a bug.
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