WHAT is lurking just beneath the troubled surface of the Labour Party? Is it an incipient tsunami, about to burst over Westminster? More and more Labour MPs are expressing, or feeling, serious doubts about Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, to such an extent that there’s now open talk of a split and the formation of a ‘moderate’ left-of-centre party.

Whether they have the bottle and the spirit to do it is quite another matter.

They will not be heartened by the experience of the breakaway SDP formed in similar circumstances in the early-Eighties. It chugged along for about six months before disappearing beneath the waves, swallowed up by the old Liberal Party.

If such a political cataclysm were to occur, I suspect Sir Vince Cable, leader of the scarcely visible Liberal Democrats, would want to be involved in a very senior role. He has been having secret talks about a new party in what used to be called smoke-filled rooms, so there is speculation that he is considering a merger involving what’s left of the Lib Dems and disaffected Labour MPs.

They are furious not only that the anti-Semitism row is being allowed to drag on, but because Momentum, the left-wing campaign group, is trying to remove moderate Labour Kate Hoey from her seat in Vauxhall. Other similar Labour MPs are said to be in their sights as well.

Jeremy Corbyn will have to go into reverse gear pretty quickly on several issues, if he is to placate the would-be rebels.

RESEARCHERS at Edinburgh University have unearthed a shameful scandal: Namely that more than one-third of farmed fruit and vegetables involving millions of tons, is thrown away because it is misshapen or the wrong size. This is an utter disgrace at the best of times, but made much worse by the fact that millions of underfed people across the world are crying out for food.

I once asked an EU official, in the days of butter mountains, why they were blithely destroying thousands of tons of food when starvation was so rife in some parts of the planet.

The interior of a cold-storage warehouse in the Dutch town of Elst, typical of the 'butter mountains' of Western Europe, pictured in 1984.

He replied complacently: “It doesn’t work like that.” I was flabbergasted. Well it jolly well should work like that.

Comment: Supermarkets must take steps to stop food waste

But is anyone listening? And if they are, will they do something to end this outrage? The signs are not hopeful.

SIR Peter Tapsell, who has died aged 88, was the last MP to have served in the House in the 1950s. Sir Peter, the former Tory MP for Louth and Horncastle, hated Margaret Thatcher’s monetarist policies and once famously said that his biggest political mistake was to listen to her.

Sir Peter Tapsell

He was a towering figure of a man, fiercely independent. People said that when he rose from his seat in the Commons, it was like the creaking of the Ark Royal. When he made clear he wanted to stand again in 2010, and some of his local party officials, as tactfully as they could, expressed some concern about his age, Sir Peter retorted: “I have no intention of dying yet.” And so he went ahead, and retired in 2015.