As the SKWAWKBOX published just minutes ago, Labour members in Enfield North have dramatically returned a vote of no confidence in MP Joan Ryan after an intense and nail-biting evening.
The SKWAWKBOX can also reveal that, according to members, she left the meeting, stony-faced, a minute or so before the announcement of the vote, presumably having got wind of the result.
The meeting, by contrast, erupted in a huge cheer as the 95 members who supported the no-confidence motion celebrated.
The motion criticised Ms Ryan’s appearances in the media to undermine the party and its leadership. Reference to a specific case of alleged false accusations of antisemitism was removed. Her supporters made an attempt to block it from the meeting agenda, but this was reversed after members appealed to the party.
A no-confidence motion does not automatically mean that Ryan will be deselected, but it is a colossal blow to an MP who campaigned in last year’s general election by predicting a heavy Tory win.
Joan Ryan originally dismissed the motion as a ‘distraction’. With her allies in the council, including council leader Nes Caliskan, under heavy criticism from across the party’s political spectrum – and a formal party investigation – for alleged anti-democratic practices and intimidation, Ms Ryan’s faction in Enfield must be wondering what’s hit it.
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