Story claimed that Corbyn’s office refused to help pregnant MP facing no-confidence and deselection votes. Facts say otherwise
The PoliticsHome site claimed last night that pregnant Labour MP Ellie Reeves was facing a no-confidence vote and potential deselection by members of Lewisham West and Penge constituency party (CLP) for signing a letter against suspended MP Chris Williamson – and that she had approached party leader Jeremy Corbyn for help, but he had refused.
The Evening Standard was reportedly also planning to run a similar claim this lunchtime.
The claim Corbyn had ‘turned down’ Ms Reeves’ request for help is entirely untrue.
The SKWAWKBOX has been able to establish that Corbyn and his office not only liaised with Ms Reeves throughout, but that Corbyn’s team contacted the CLP chair to ask if he could talk to the member moving the motion.
As a result, the motion – never formally tabled anyway – has been withdrawn. Labour sources report that the chair was extremely helpful.
Ellie Reeves was contacted for comment and responded:
I was really pleased to receive a message from loto this morning saying the leader has stated he does not support the no confidence vote. This was the support I was hoping for when I contacted them about it on Monday.
Corbyn advocated in a similar manner on behalf of then-pregnant, then-Labour Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger when she faced motions of no confidence from angry members. Those motions were also withdrawn.
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