Enfield North MP Joan Ryan has announced her resignation from the Labour Party, again blaming supposed racism in the Labour Party – although she’s evidently happy enough to join a group in which 14% of its then-membership made a racist comment within hours of its formation.
Ryan’s departure means that fully half of the group – Ryan, Shuker, Smith and Leslie – had lost votes of no confidence brought by their local members because of their behaviour. In addition a fifth, Luciana Berger, avoided two motions of no confidence when they were withdrawn by local members.
Her departure also means that both pro-Israel groups within the Labour Party would be expected to have lost their chairs within a couple of days. However, LFI – the group chaired by Ryan – has said she will remain in place, although how this fits with its name ‘Labour Friends of Israel’ is unclear.
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