As the SKWAWKBOX revealed at the weekend, Labour MP and LFI chair Joan Ryan faces a motion of no confidence tabled by local members angry at “false allegations of antisemitism” against a Labour member, Ryan’s readiness to use the press to make accusations and what they feel are “cynical politics”. The motion is scheduled for discussion and a vote this Thursday.
Ms Ryan appeared to dismiss the significance of the motion, telling the Evening Standard that it was a ‘distraction’:
Behind the scenes, however, it seems she places more importance on winning – and she has emailed a six-paragraph plea of over 550 words laying out her case and asking members to come and support her:
Ms Ryan was contacted for comment.
One member of the group who has put forward the motion told the SKWAWKBOX that its supporters think it has a realistic chance of passing. Ms Ryan seems to think so, too.
Her email told members:
I wish I was writing to you about some of the major issues facing our community and our country over the coming months – the Brexit negotiations, the appalling effects of the Tory Government’s austerity agenda on our public services, or laying out a radical and progressive vision for a future Labour Government.
Ironically, if she had given those issues more focus before the motion was tabled and less on attacking Labour’s leadership and electability – her 2017 general election letter claimed the Tories were going to win a large and possibly record majority – she might not be facing it now.
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