A woman hoping to be selected as Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in the target seat of Pudsey addressed a Marxist meeting, supported a council candidate who stood against the party and posted a string of expletive-laden messages on Twitter.
Jane Aitchison, who is being backed by Jon Trickett, John McDonnell,
Richard Burgon, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Laura Pidcock and Owen Jones, is the joint national secretary of Unite the Resistance, an SWP front set up following the party’s rape scandal to repair its reputation.
She twice used the word “cunt” in a late-night tweet pointing out that people “on the fucking dole” don’t have much hope of escaping “the shit they’re dumped in”.
Aitchison also described Prince Charles as “benefit-scrounging scum”, attacked the “incredible arrogance” of Labour MPs who said they regretted nominating Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership and called for sanctions on Israel.
The Labour candidate for the seat, which Labour last held in 2010, will be chosen at a hustings this evening.
Aitchison fell out with the Socialist Party, another hard-left group, in a row that is believed to have been sparked by her decision to send her children to a top fee-paying school. She left the party in 2011.
Her links to party’s that do not have any affiliation with Labour remain strong, however.
As well as helping to run Unite the Resistance, social media posts show that Aitchison addressed a Marxism Festival after last year’s general election at which she thanked the SWP for supporting Jeremy Corbyn.
She was also critical of former Labour leader Ed Miliband on Twitter, declaring it was “unbelievable” he was unable to force Jeremy Hunt to resign as Culture Secretary at the height of the phone-hacking scandal.
In May 2012 Aitchison tweeted her support for independent candidates standing against Labour in local elections.
She then congratulated one of them – Michael Levalette, who stood as an Independent Socialist for a council seat in Preston and narrowly beat a Labour candidate.
She defended her decision to campaign against Labour by saying workers were right to vote for a “socialist alternative”.
She attacked the “incredible arrogance” of Neil Coyle and Jo Cox after they wrote an article for the Guardian saying they regretted nominating Corbyn for leader.
Her call for sanctions against Israel was made on Twitter in July 2014.
Aitchison’s foul-mouthed rants and vocal opposition to Labour in the past is unlikely to impress Pudsey members who will chose their next Parliamentary candidate today.
Although some of them might agree with her assessment last year of the Tory’s 2017 election manifesto as a “shit sandwich”.