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NEW: 30 Labour MPs held talks about quitting the party in what was originally planned as a far more damaging assault on Jeremy Corbyn, but only 7 went ahead with the plan today amid chaotic disagreements over strategy, organisation and personalities

Anti-Corbyn plotters have disagreed on whether:

- Chuka and Leslie should lead the new party
- they should set up a new party at all
- they should call/fight by-elections
- they should quit now or later
- they should let sex harassment accused MPs join buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/30…
🚨 At least 4 Tory MPs placed on defection watch:

- Anna Soubry, close Chuka ally, seen as the most likely to join. She is not commenting
- Nick Boles: non-denial
- Richard Harrington: non-denial
- Sarah Wollaston not commenting buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/30…
Divisions already over new party

- Some turned off by idea of Chuka/Leslie En Marche
- others critical of Jonathan Powell's "Cool Britannia 2019"
- Some don't want a new party at all
- "They are both a shitshow but Powell’s party is even more of a mess” buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/30…
Internal disagreements over by-elections

- some think defeating Labour in a Brexit by-election will make people listen. Chuka seen as most likely to succeed
- others fear they will lose their seats
- debate over whether to run in Peterborough/Newport buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/30…
Further differences over when to quit:

- Tom Watson asked MPs to delay their departures: "instrumental in keeping the numbers down"
- Chuka/Leslie wanted to go earlier
- some want to do it Feb 27
- others are sceptical about TIG and want to "wait and see" buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/30…
🚨 Independent Group MPs have held "positive" discussions with Speaker John Bercow about access to Short money and tabling amendments at the Brexit votes. Part of the reason why they moved now: buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/30…
Big row brewing as The Independent Group signals it could let sex harassment accused MPs John Woodcock and Ivan Lewis sit with them. Here is the spokesman line 😬😬😬 buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/30…
Further concerns aired about the overall competence of the operation:

- frustration at the plan leaking out yesterday, leading to a day of chaos and awkward silence from MPs
- shambles of booking a room for abortive Friday launch
- Angela Smith race row buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/30…
“They do not get on, they do not agree on fundamentals, there are personality clashes and they cannot do the basics" – the opinion of a figure who has worked with the group

Full story by me and @HannahAlOthman: buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/30…
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