As the SKWAWKBOX revealed exclusively in late July, Birkenhead constituency Labour party (CLP) overwhelmingly voted no confidence in him – and to demand the withdrawal of the Labour whip from him – well before he opted to resign the whip on Thursday.
Jumping before he was pushed, with maximum publicity.
But a letter sent by one of the CLP’s branches makes clear the genesis of the CLP’s decision – and the depth of dissatisfaction felt by Birkenhead members in their then-MP’s inappropriate conduct and lack of accountability:
The branch felt so strongly that Field could not remain as their MP that it brought an emergency motion for the late July meeting rather than wait until normal meetings resume after September’s conference to ask for the whip to be withdrawn – a move that would have instantly rendered Field no longer a Labour MP.
And the CLP’s delegates agreed – so strongly that the vote passed with barely a murmur of dissent.
As usual, you’re unlikely to hear this information from the BBC or read it in the press.
Field is now making noises about taking the party to court if it expels him for choosing to no longer be a Labour MP. But it’s clear that his local party felt he was not a Labour MP well before Thursday’s resignation letter.
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