ALASTAIR Campbell and Peter Mandelson were accused of staging a “Blairite coup” at the heart of the campaign for a second referendum.
Secret emails reportedly show the pair plotted against Roland Rudd, the millionaire boss of Open Britain, part of the People’s Vote campaign.
Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson have been accused of staging a ‘Blairite coup’ in a bid to topple the People’s Vote’s millionaire backer[/caption]
In an unearthed email exchange between the two, Lord Mandelson says they need to ‘pin down Roland’s slipperiness’[/caption]
Mr Rudd — the brother of former cabinet minister Amber Rudd — has quit amid the bitter civil war.
In one email Lord Mandelson said: “We need to pin down Roland’s slipperiness.”
And he suggested trawling through private emails to expose him, the Mail on Sunday said.
In another, Mr Campbell called for a “fast and brutal” battle.
One ally of Mr Rudd told the paper: “What Mandelson’s mob are trying to do — mount a Blairite coup — is futile, based on a tired playbook from 1997.
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“Roland writes all the cheques and has all the vital electoral data. They need him.”
The in-fighting at the heart of the campaign comes in a crunch week for Brexit.
A spokesman for the People’s Vote said: “All of us on this campaign, frankly, have better things to do than worry about who chairs the Open Britain board.”
Roland Rudd has dramatically quit amid the bitter civil war[/caption]
A spokesman for the People’s Vote campaign said they have ‘better things to do than worry about who chairs the Open Britain board’[/caption]
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