Former acting Labour leader leaped to protect Reeves, fails to stand up to Formby ‘bully’ Watson
Labour MP – and former acting leader – Harriet Harman was at the forefront in the centrist defence of Ellie Reeves when a local member wanted to table a vote of no confidence in the pregnant MP. Ms Harman tweeted that Reeves was:
not going to be deselected by Labour in 2019 while 5 months pregnant. We are not going to let it happen. Full Stop!
Harman even tweeted to Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby – apparently the only time she has ever done so – asking her to get the NEC to rule that MPs pregnant or on maternity leave would be automatically reselected, even though Formby reports to the NEC rather than vice versa:
Reeves was not facing a deselection vote and the no-confidence vote was withdrawn by the member at the request of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Last week, when Jennie Formby – who is battling cancer – was shamefully targeted by notional deputy leader Tom Watson and women MPs publicly condemned his bullying on Twitter, Harman’s feed was silent on the matter. The SKWAWKBOX was among several who challenged her to show the same solidarity with a bullied cancer sufferer as she showed to a pregnant MP facing party democracy:
Ms Harman did not respond.
However, she did find time yesterday to put out a tweet that suggested sidelining Ms Formby, with ‘I wish her a full recovery’ tacked onto the end – a tweet that inspired a torrent of outrage:
Out of almost eight hundred replies in the less than twenty-two hours since its publication (at the time of writing), the vast majority condemned Harman’s failure to show simple solidarity or to refer to, let alone condemn, Watson’s behaviour:
Harman does not seem to have responded to any of these challenges either.
Nor did she respond to an emailed request for comment sent by the SKWAWKBOX last night.
It seems that in Harriet Harman’s worldview, pregnant ‘centrist’ MPs merit protection and solidarity against ordinary Labour members that cancer-fighting left-wing women do not get against bullying right-wing male MPs.
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