As the SKWAWKBOX reported on Friday, right-wing Labour MP Frank Field suffered a serious reverse on Friday when more than eighty percent of Birkenhead members at their monthly CLP (constituency Labour party) meeting voted in favour of a motion of no confidence in the MP and for the withdrawal of the Labour whip.
Members were expressing their anger at Field being one of four Labour MPs who propped up Theresa May and her government by breaking a three-line whip to vote for the Tories’ EU trade bill. May survived by three votes – meaning that if the Labour MPs had voted properly, she would have been defeated. Most observers felt that a defeat would have meant the end of her tenure as PM – and possibly of this hideously damaging government.
The SKWAWKBOX has learned that Field was not at the meeting to witness the censure – because he has been boycotting the meetings until he receives an apology for the taking of a picture of him during the March CLP meeting, where he was censured by members for writing for the hated S*n. The Murdoch rag is despised on Merseyside for the lies it told about the victims and survivors of the Hillsborough disaster.
The image – of a bleak-looking Field during the censure meeting – was leaked to the SKWAWKBOX and featured in an article at the time:
The no-confidence and whip motion was not the only one that went against Mr Field on Friday. A motion to bar him from participating in any future ‘trigger ballot’ – the process by which members can deselect their MP – passed by an even greater margin.
Under current Labour rules, a sitting MP is automatically entitled to stand in any selection ballot, even if members succeed in forcing one – but this may change at Labour’s conference in September.
Mr Field was contacted for comment but has not replied. Any response received will be added.
With Labour MPs Ian Austin and Margaret Hodge facing disciplinary action for alleged appallingly abusive language toward colleagues and Field and Kate Hoey – two of the four who propped up Theresa May during the key trade vote – censured by their local members, the time when Labour MPs could behave however they wanted with impunity appears to be ending.
And that can only be a good thing.
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