Joan Ryan and Gavin Shuker last week joined the lustreless – and recently rapidly-growing – list of right-wing Labour MPs to suffer defeat in no-confidence motions tabled by their constituency parties (CLPs).
Shuker has tried to shrug off the significance of the vote, but Ryan was clearly furious in her immediate response on social media and afterwards – and was seemingly no happier by tonight, as MPs reported that she was loudly unhappy during the weekly meeting of the ‘PLP’ (parliamentary Labour party).
Their moods may not have been helped by a Commons prankster who appears to have had a little fun at their expense by placing leaving- or moving-cards at what is alleged to have been their doors.
The pictures below were posted by the @ShitParliament Twitter account as ‘fan submissions’ – images sent by parliamentary insiders. Their exact locations claimed could not be verified, but appear to show authentic parliamentary carpets.
Ms Ryan’s was a ‘good luck’ message accompanied by a small train toy from a well-known children’s animation – a reference to the ‘deselection express‘:
The Cyprus reference is an homage to the rumour that, having once been a special representative to Cyprus under Gordon Brown, Ms Ryan might retire there at the end of her parliamentary career. The signatories are modelled on her angry tweet blaming ‘Trots Stalinists Communists’ [sic] in the aftermath of the Enfield North no-confidence vote.
Shuker’s, allegedly from his CLP, wished him ‘Good luck with the new career’ – and was accompanied by a different small toy from the series:
Both cards appear to be in the same handwriting. Both MPs have been contacted for comment.
It seems spirits are high on the parliamentary left this week.
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