Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is ashamed to say ‘England’ for fear of appealing to racists, a damning party report says.
The English Labour Network – set up by Labour moderate MPs – ordered a study to look at how to champion patriotism.
But the group which was founded last year, found that Labour is too scared to mention England, or celebrate St George’s Day.
The report warns: ‘Labour’s biggest single problem is we often don’t mention England even when talking about England.’
It adds: ‘Some activists are uncertain about celebrating St George’s Day or reflecting English identity in campaigning.
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has been accused of abandoning the working class and championing the interests of the middle class by pushing policies like the abolition of university tuition fees
‘There may be misplaced fears this will appeal to or strengthen far-right extremists.
‘Others worry about crossing a line between caring about our country and appealing to a xenophobic nationalism.’
The report, which has been seen by The Sun, said that most people feel more intensely English than British.
But Labour is failing to appeal to this sense of national pride because it is too worried about being seen as pandering to the far right.
The report urges party members, activists and MPs to ‘always make clear how our policies will make a difference to England and its people.’
In 2014 Labour’s then shadow attorney general, Emily Thornberry (pictured outside her home) was sacked from the frontbench after mocking a family home with an England flag draped outside
The Labour Party has been accused of forgetting its roots among working class communities and instead championing the interests of the middle class.
In 2014 Labour’s then shadow attorney general, Emily Thornberry, was sacked from the frontbench after mocking a family home with an England flag draped outside.
Mrs Thornberry was accused of holding working class voters in ‘contempt’ for sending a mocking tweet of a photograph of the home.
The former lawyer who lives in a £3 million home in Islington, North London, was sacked by the the leader Ed MIliband.
But she has made a comeback to Labour’s top team under Mr Corbyn, and is currently shadow foreign secretary.