Labour MP reported to party officials by Jeremy Corbyn's office over communications criticism

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Neil Coyle has been reported to Labour officials after he questioned the party's communications strategy - PA

Jeremy Corbyn’s office has made a formal complaint about a Labour MP after he questioned the party’s communications strategy.

Neil Coyle said he will not be “intimidated” after the “absurd” complaint was made against him to party officials.

The Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP was reported after he raised concerns about an apparent lack of Brexit briefings for MPs and the party’s slow response to breaking news stories.

He has accused allies of Mr Corbyn of trying to silence the leader’s critics.

Mr Coyle was reported for "not raising questions with the line manager" to chief whip Nick Brown and general secretary Iain McNicol by Mr Corbyn’s office manager Karie Murphy.

It is not immediately clear whether Mr Coyle will face formal disciplinary proceedings.

Neil Coyle has been a vocal critic of Jeremy Corbyn Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

Mr Coyle accused Mr Corbyn's aides of trying to shut down critics.

He said: "I think it is an absurd situation and I think it is very frustrating that questions my members ask will not be answered by the man responsible.

"Rather than address the issues I have raised, the knee-jerk reaction is to make accusations about me, make a complaint about me.

"I won't be intimidated. They're shouting down anyone who dares to raise the tiniest of concerns about losing Copeland or being 20 points behind the Tories in the polls.”

Mr Coyle said he had raised two sets of concerns about communication issues as he sought to find out how things would be improved.

He said: "Instead of getting answers or even an explanation of what had happened, I got a reply from the executive director, saying that she had reported the email as a formal complaint to the chief whip and general secretary of the party.

"That was a private email clearly from me to the leader of the party.”

Mr Coyle said the incident was another example of questions not being answered by the party’s leadership.

He said: “What's very frustrating is that this comes on top of other problems like questions at PLP and parliamentary committee just not being answered.

"This is another means of some who surround Jeremy trying to prevent him having to answer any questions."

Mr Coyle, a long-standing critic of Mr Corbyn, said the leader's office had previously ignored his attempts to ask questions.

"There was a period where emails to Jeremy's office didn't get answered at all, so getting a reply was a step up I thought, until I opened it," he said.

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