Labour MP and Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) chair Joan Ryan has been among the most vocal in accusing the Labour Party and its leader in relation to the ongoing attempts to paint the party as antisemitic. She recently made a series of lurid claims and accusations to the Jewish Chronicle and also provoked outrage by acting as an apologist for Israel’s slaughter of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza in May.
And now it seems local Labour members – or at least a significant number of them – have had enough.
The SKWAWKBOX can reveal that a detailed motion of no confidence has been submitted and included on the agenda for this Thursday’s all-member meeting, accusing her of smears, of making false allegations and of inflaming a ‘trial by media’ of Corbyn – and decries her behaviour during the 2017 general election campaign, stating that she acted ‘as an independent in all but name’.
The motion includes examples of the behaviour to which her members object – and a statement from Joan Fitzpatrick, whom Ryan was seen wrongly accusing of antisemitism in Al-Jazeera’s documentary “The Lobby“:
An Enfield North member told the SKWAWKBOX:
Anger against Joan is widespread across the spectrum of members – we’re a broad church but we’re tired of disloyalty and dishonesty and of cynical politics. Joan has backed the council coup and we see her behaviour toward the party leadership in the same vein.
But it’s spreading – her support is bleeding away and while we know she’ll be frantically trying to rally support for the meeting, there’s a good chance this motion will pass – as long as the apparatus doesn’t succeed in preventing a vote.
Ms Ryan was invited to comment.
In Enfield in the south and Wirral in the north, Labour members have had enough and are speaking out against MPs they feel do not represent their views and priorities – or even care much about doing so.
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