Right-wing Labour MP Frank Field – rejected long before today by local Labour members, who passed a vote of no confidence in him after a string of disappointments culminated in Field siding with the Tory government in a key EU vote – has announced his resignation from the Labour Party in a self-pitying letter blaming members for “local thuggery” and, of course, including an antisemitism smear.
Field appeared on BBC News to tell John Pienaar:
Of course we have a duty to our local Labour parties, but our primary duty is to our voters… it’s the voters who are sovereign
But Field has only resigned the Labour whip, meaning that he will not cease to be an MP but will ‘sit as an independent’.
But no Birkenhead constituent voted for an independent candidate in last year’s general election. Not one.
So why is Field failing to show the courage of his convictions by calling a by-election to offer his constituents the opportunity to decide whether they want to keep him as an MP – or prefer a Labour MP to represent them?
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