Last week, on the same night that Enfield North MP Joan Ryan lost a vote of no confidence by local members, the CLP (constituency Labour party) of Luton South’s Gavin Shuker passed a no-confidence vote in him by a ratio of almost seven to one.
Shuker attempted to dismiss the importance of the vote, claiming ill-advisedly that nothing had changed.
But a Facebook post by Momentum Luton has called on the MP to resign and trigger a by-election, to allow Labour to select a candidate around whom “all elements of the Labour family can unite” and for the good of Luton’s people:
The General Committee of the Luton South CLP has passed a vote of no confidence in Gavin Shuker with almost unanimous support.
Unfortunately, Gavin has become a divisive figure on the hard right of the party. He has also failed to respond to communications from senior officers in the local party. There were a number of serious and specific concerns about Gavin’s behaviour raised at the May meeting of the General Committee of the constituency party. The GC decided to defer any vote of no confidence until Gavin had been given a chance to answer these concerns. He chose to neither answer the questions asked of him nor attend the September meeting of the General Committee. It is now essential that the Luton South Labour Party has a representative from the mainstream of the party around which all elements of the Labour family can unite.
If Gavin believes that the result of the last election was a personal endorsement, rather than an affirmation of the 2017 Labour Party Manifesto, this now needs to be put to the test.
We urge Gavin to resign as the Labour and Co Operative MP for Luton South and call a by-election, for the good of the Party, but more importantly, for the good of the people of Luton.
Gavin Shuker has not responded to a request for comment on the no-confidence motion.
Labour MPs losing the confidence of their local members, as do their supporters, often hide behind the claim that they were elected by their whole constituency rather than to Labour members.
If they genuinely believe they were elected personally and not because they wore a Labour rosette, then they should trigger by-elections and test that belief. The fact that only around 6% of Labour voters say the identity of their Labour MP is a significant role in their decision suggests such confidence is in most cases misplaced.
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