Labour MP Joan Ryan – who now formally lacks the confidence of her members after a dramatic vote at tonight’s Enfield North CLP (constituency Labour party) meeting, left the room a minute or so before the announcement of a result that led to an eruption of cheers and applause. Members described her as ‘quiet and stony-faced’.
Ms Ryan was less taciturn on social media, however, turning to Twitter in an extraordinary display of pique to attack the majority who voted in support of the motion of no confidence as “Trots Stalinists [and] Communists“:
Of course, it’s only the right who suffer abuse at the hands of the left.
The ‘hardly decisive victory’ comes after a desperate late attempt by Ms Ryan’s supporters to block the motion from being contested at all – which was only overturned after members complained to the national party.
Joan Ryan originally dismissed the motion as a ‘distraction’ – but it couldn’t be much clearer how heavy a blow tonight’s outcome has been. So heavy that she got the vote tallies wrong – it was 95 to 92, not 94-92.
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 and discriminatory practices and intimidation, this ‘hardly decisive’ result will have Ms Ryan’s faction in Enfield reeling.
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