Warn­ing over ditch­ing MPs

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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.’

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