Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP says 500 members have left his local party since 2016 peak. Membership numbers disagree
Last week, so-called ‘moderate’ MP Neil Coyle claimed that five hundred members of his Bermondsey and Old Southwark (BOS) CLP (constitency Labour party) had quit the party since 2016:
I’ve lost 500 members since the peak at the end of 2016. That’s not just because of Brexit, but the vast majority have left because of the European fudge.
This was picked up by various ‘mainstream’ media:
But Coyle’s claim was challenged by a BOS member:
The SKWAWKBOX was able to verify the BOS membership and leaver figures. Membership of the CLP stands at around 1,800 – with only sixty leavers.
Coyle claimed that the ‘vast majority‘ of the five hundred leavers have ‘left because of the European fudge‘.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Mr Coyle for comment several days ago about his claim. Neither he nor his office responded.
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