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1 September 2016

Why is a Labour MP writing to J K Rowling about “execution squads”?

Clue: It's nothing to do with Harry Potter.

By media mole

What do the author of a best-selling series about a teen wizard and a 74-year-old parliamentarian have in common?

Some sparky messages for Jeremy Corbyn supporters, it turns out. 

J K Rowling tweaked the nose of Corbynist Harry Potter fans when she tweeted that the expected re-election of Corbyn “isn’t bloody funny”. 

When a critic called her a filthy liberal, she tweeted “#FilthyAndProudOfIt”.

But Frank Field, the Labour MP for Birkenhead, also has a dramatic way with words.

On 1 September, (the day wizarding students go back to the magical school of Hogwarts) Field wrote to her: 

“You hit the nail on the head, and not for the first time, about Corbyn. It is remarkable he has got half a million new members. If he could spell out how this becomes a social movement, rather than an execution squad of Labour MPs, and ties in with what political parties do to try and win elections, then we will be a step forward.

“I failed to get him to do any of this I’m afraid. So well done for your blast of reality.”

Here’s the letter:

Field’s words may be the internet equivalent of sending Corbyn fans a Howler, but he’s not donning his invisibility cloak.

Instead, he has proudly published the letter on his website.