Politics 23 March 2016 Not neutral, very hostile: the miscategorised MPs on Jeremy Corbyn’s list of friends and foes Keep your friends close, pretend your enemies are even closer. Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up There’s much excitement in Westminster today over the publication by The Times of a leaked list of every Labour MP, classified by how sympathetic they are to the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. No laughing at the back – there are some MPs who hate him in less subtle ways than others. The list ranks 19 MPs as the “core group”, 56 in the “core group plus”, 72 as “neutral but not hostile”, 49 as “core group negative” and 36 as “hostile”. (Scroll down to the bottom of this piece for the full list). Your mole reckons it could have come up with a more accurate list from its burrow. Here’s Mike Gapes, in October, openly celebrating his intentions to rebel against Corbyn: I will show loyalty in the same way as he was loyal to Kinnock Smith Blair Brown Beckett Miliband and Harman. Ok ? https://t.co/8O3Ka2qRK9 — Mike Gapes (@MikeGapes) October 13, 2015 The list has Gapes as “neutral but not hostile”. Yep. Remember when some MPs were exasperated by shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry’s presentation on Trident at the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting in February? This was Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon’s reaction: Oh dear oh dear omg oh dear oh dear need to go rest in a darkened room — Madeleine Moon (@MadeleineMoon) February 8, 2016 Yet apparently she is “neutral but not hostile”. When Corbyn suggested he supported decriminalising sex work earlier this month, Gavin Shuker MP responded like this: Jeremy’s comments completely misguided; this will be a gathering storm in the PLP. https://t.co/P3VlJyChAa — Gavin Shuker (@gavinshuker) March 4, 2016 How’s he ranked? You guessed it – “neutral but not hostile”. And here’s Jim Fitzpatrick sharing an article about Jeremy Corbyn handing Britain to the Tories in a definitely non-hostile way. With each misstep, Jeremy Corbyn is handing Britain to the Tories | Jonathan Freedland https://t.co/6zqwRHucwL. Corbynistas can't see this!! — Jim Fitzpatrick (@FitzMP) November 28, 2015 But Corbyn's staff clearly don't follow him on Twitter so thinks he’s “neutral but not hostile”. And Gisela Stuart, in November, being nice and neutral: Labour MP Gisela Stuart warns Jeremy Corbyn is leading the party to defeat https://t.co/HjuyRcHqON — Gisela Stuart MP (@GiselaStuart) November 13, 2015 Surely the most ludicrous miscategorisation is Catherine McKinnell. Corbyn's team should be at least vaguely aware of her view of him. After all, she resigned from his shadow cabinet in January, writing that the Labour party is heading down an “increasingly negative path”. Maybe that wasn't clear enough for Corbyn, because McKinnell is also apparently neutral. Mysteriously, there are 17 MPs missing from the grid. This is one of them offering his perspective on being vanished: I'm one of the 17 Labour MPs not on 'the list'. Can't work out whether that means a first class ticket to Havana or the train to Siberia... — Conor McGinn MP (@ConorMcGinn) March 23, 2016 Best political list since Peter Lilley went a bit weird at Tory party conference in 1992. The list, from The Times: Core Group (19 in total) Clive Lewis shadow energy minister Diane Abbott shadow international development secretary John McDonnel shadow chancellor Richard Burgon shadow city minister Ian Lavery shadow cabinet office minister Core Group Plus (56) Emily Thornberry shadow defence secretary Keir Starmer shadow home office minister Lisa Nandy shadow energy secretary Owen Smith shadow work and pensions secretary Vernon Coaker shadow Northern Ireland secretary Neutral But Not Hostile (72) Angela Eagle shadow business secretary Chris Bryant shadow Commons leader Heidi Alexander shadow health secretary Wes Streeting MP for Ilford North Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham Kate Hoey former sport minister Core Group Negative (49) Alan Johnson former home secretary Dan Jarvis MP for Barnsley Central John Spellar former defence minister Maria Eagle shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell shadow education secretary Hostile Group (36) Sadiq Khan London mayoral candidate Rosie Winterton opposition chief whip Margaret Hodge former public accounts committee chairwoman Pat McFadden former shadow Europe minister Rachel Reeves MP for Leeds West › From The Princess Diaries to Tangerine, the best women’s friendships in film I'm a mole, innit. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!