Threat to moderate Labour MPs grows as deselection gets easier

methode2fsundaytimes2fprod2fweb2fbin2f160a2d98-be71-11e8-8d21-451ec1df6b83Labour MPs could face a lower threshold for deselection after the party’s ruling body backed rule changes to make it easier for constituency parties to challenge incumbents.

At present MPs face a trigger ballot — which could force them to step down — if a majority of members from both local branches and unions back it. Under the reforms endorsed last night by Labour’s national executive committee (NEC), which will be put to a vote at the party’s conference in Liverpool, the support of only a third of local members and unions will be needed.

While falling short of the mandatory reselection called for by some supporters, the shift makes it easier for local constituencies to sack MPs.

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Labour conference: deselecting MPs to be made easier

Labour’s annual conference has voted to make it easier for local party members to deselect sitting MPs.

Until now, Labour MPs only faced a reselection contest if 50% of a constituency’s local branches and affiliated unions voted for it in a so-called “trigger ballot”.

Delegates in Liverpool voted for that threshold to be reduced to 33%.

The deselection campaign is seen by some Labour MPs as an attempt to “purge” critics of Jeremy Corbyn.

Two MPs on the right of the party – Frank Field and John Woodcock – have quit the whip in recent times, complaining of a culture of bullying and intimidation in the party.

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Labour members in open revolt at union-backed party rule changes

Anger on conference floor about watered-down proposals for reforming MP selections and leadership contests

Labour members were in open revolt against trade union-backed reforms to the party on Sunday, with many expressing anger on the conference floor about watered-down proposals for reforming MP selections and leadership contests.

The controversial rule changes, proposed by Labour’s ruling national executive committee (NEC), would make it considerably easier for local members to deselect their sitting MP by reforming the so-called trigger ballot system.

However, they do not go as far as mandatory reselection, which many members had wanted.

Trade unions also backed reforms to Labour leadership contests that were opposed by many rank-and-file members who argued they gave members even less of a say than the existing system.

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5 thoughts on “Threat to moderate Labour MPs grows as deselection gets easier

  1. If this gets passed by Momentum (oops Labour), just wait for the Muslim Mafia to start a dirty tricks campaign to deselect the only halfway decent Labour we have in Rotherham, Sarah Champion, so the odious ex Cabinet Cllr Yaseen (?) can make a bid for her job !!


  2. … it was just a scary story put out by the Tory-Times really early today. … and guess what, it didn’t come to pass!
    As the Guardian correctly sums up what happened at the Conference today :
    “In these politically turbulent times, Labour’s hot topic was a series of technical changes to the party rulebook. Many delegates were furious that the changes were not radical enough, with proposals ensuring party leadership candidates had to secure nominations from 10% of MPs, double what many members wanted. Trade unions’ role in the compromise saw them branded “traitors”. Not the most comradely start to the conference.”

    Personally, I feel that if Ms Champion wishes to carry on as Rotherham MP, nobody is stupid enough to try and take the role away from her.

    Certainly not Cllr.Taiba Yasseen* – and who already appears to be a member of Momentum (and even that’s so hard to believe!)

    *I’d love it tho if she could take over from John Mann MP in Bassetlaw.


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