Warning over ditching MPs
ALLIES of Jeremy Corbyn were warned yesterday against attempting a mass removal of sitting MPs.
The party has given its politicians until today to tell officials whether they want to stand for election again, amid fears that a wave of deselections could be imminent.
Previously, Labour MPs only faced a reselection contest if 50 per cent of a constituency’s branches and affiliated unions backed the idea in a ‘trigger ballot’. But, following a change agreed at last year’s annual conference, the threshold has been cut to 33 per cent.
John Cryer, the chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party, yesterday warned this would create splits in the party. He told the BBC: ‘If you start deselecting people on a widespread scale it will lead to the Labour Party turning in on itself.’
He added: ‘They ought to be very careful what they wish for, because you’ve got to deal with the aftermath for a very long time.’