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Corbyn’s election chief goes on holiday amid Brexit crisis

Jeremy Corbyn has put Labour on a war footing as Theresa May teeters on the brink of Brexit disaster.

But eyebrows have been raised after it emerged elections chief Niall Sookoo has spent the last two weeks watching cricket in Sri Lanka.

As the drama escalated in the UK over recent days, Mr Sookoo has described on social media how he is relaxing on the beach and enjoying the breathtaking scenery in the hills around Kandy.

He even joked that it is a ‘quiet time of year at work’ and he is sure there is ‘nothing going on’.

As the drama escalated in the UK over recent days, Niall Sookoo has described on social media how he is relaxing on the beach

Mr Sookoo, a staunch ally of the Labour leader, was drafted in to the crucial role of Executive Director of Campaigns and Strategy over the summer

Mr Sookoo, a staunch ally of the Labour leader, was drafted in to the crucial role of Executive Director of Campaigns and Strategy over the summer

In one tweet Mr Sookoo joked that it is a 'quiet time of year at work' and he is sure there is 'nothing going on'

In one tweet Mr Sookoo joked that it is a ‘quiet time of year at work’ and he is sure there is ‘nothing going on’

An election is an increasingly realistic prospect if Mrs May fails to get her Brexit deal through the Commons and the government goes into meltdown.

Labour sources told MailOnline people could ‘rest assured’ the party was busy selecting candidates and preparing campaigns for the possibility of an election.

Mr Sookoo is thought to have been unable to take a holiday over the summer as his father was ill and died in August.

But the timing of the holiday was questioned by other Labour figures. ‘He should really be doing preparations for a snap election,’ one veteran campaigner said.

‘It seems very strange that when we are in such a huge period, they are not all working flat out.’ 

Mr Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have repeatedly demanded an election to resolve the crisis.

The leader has also insisted that the party must be in ‘permanent campaign mode’. 

Mr Sookoo, a staunch ally of the Labour leader, was drafted in to the crucial role of Executive Director of Campaigns and Strategy over the summer.

He took the place of the highly-regarded Patrick Heneghan, who retired after seemingly becoming disaffected with the left-wing direction of the party.

Mr Sookoo’s Twitter feed reveals that he started his trip to Sri Lanka on November 12. 

He has since been giving a commentary on the ‘enthralling’ series of test matches between England and Sri Lanka.

On November 15 he posted: ‘Breakfast on the verandah overlooking the Kandy hills before day three of the cricket. Quite (sic) time of year at work so I’m sure nothing going on!!!!’ 

One of his most recent messages said: ‘After three enthralling test matches here in Sri Lanka time to take a little rest on the beach.’ 

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured at Labour conference this autumn) has repeatedly demanded an election to resolve the Brexit crisis

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured at Labour conference this autumn) has repeatedly demanded an election to resolve the Brexit crisis

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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