Any foolish hopes the seven ‘quitter’ MPs – or the lamentable Tom Watson – might have harboured that Jeremy Corbyn or Labour members might run after them and beg them not to leave have been dashed.
The SKWAWKBOX can reveal that moves are already underway for the seven now-unburdened local parties to start the process of selecting new candidates who will actually represent the Labour Party – closing the door to the quitters even if any should come back and plead for re-admittance.
The first stage will be for the National Executive Committee (NEC) or its Org Sub (organisational subcommittee) to meet and ratify the start of the selections process – a green light for CLPs (constituency Labour parties) to put together selection panels and for would-be candidates to begin to signal their interest.
No date has yet been circulated, but it is expected to take place very quickly – and the CLPs in question have already been told to get ready.
Seven MPs jumped ship on Monday morning in a flailing, chaotic belly-flop.
Labour’s ship sails on – and members are already preparing to replace the obsolete models that staggered out of the one-way door with newer and better.
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