Andrew Murray quit the hard-left party last December to join Labour
A CAMPAIGNING Communist who has praised Stalin and North Korea has been drafted in to Jeremy Corbyn’s Election team.
Andrew Murray has been “seconded” from his day job as chief of staff to Unite chief Len McCluskey.
The move comes only five months after Mr Murray quit as a member of the Communist Party of Britain to rejoin the Labour Party.
He chaired the Stop the War Coalition for a decade until 2011 – and again from 2015 to 2016. He has previously blamed Western foreign policy for contributing to the “cycle of violence” that fuelled the Paris attacks by IS.
And just two years ago he said: “Communism still represents in my view a society worth working towards.”
A book on the Communist Party by Francis Beckett described Mr Murray as “extremely rigid and sectarian”
He added: “Murray and the Straight Left people were more extreme than most of the Stalinists I knew. The Stalinists were known as tankies, but Murray’s lot were super-tankies.”
Over a decade ago he said the Communist Party had “solidiary” with the people’s Korea.
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One Labour Party source told HuffPost UK: “Corbyn’s Labour has gone full Trump.
“Andrew Murray is the hard-left’s Steve Bannon [Trump’s White House adviser].”
The political veteran is a close friend of Mr Corbyn – and defended the Labour leader’s controversial decision to speak at a Stop the War fundraising event in December 2015.
His daughter Laura was hired as a £40,000 a year personal adviser to Mr Corbyn last summer.
Insiders claimed Mr Murray had been brought in as a “grown up” given his experience of running Britain’s biggest union.
A Labour source today insisted it was wrong to say Mr Murray was heading up the election campaign.
The source said: “He has been seconded to support the campaign.”
Last week the Communist Party said they would not be standing ANY candidates on June 8 because they want to support Jeremy Corbyn.
They urged their followers to back Labour as the “first step” towards establishing a left-led Government.
He also promised at the Royal College of Nursing Annual Conference today that Labour would appoint a mental health minister – a post they previously scrapped in the Shadow Cabinet.
Mr Corbyn promised to restore nurses’ bursaries too – and promised to pay them a “decent wage”.