MP Frank Field expelled from party after saying he would be an independent MP
Labour MP John Mann announced this week that he is quitting the Commons to work as the Tories’ ‘antisemitism tsar’ – in spite of past accusations of anti-Gypsy racism against him that led to him being interviewed by police as part of a ‘hate incident’ investigation.
Last night, the Tories announced they were putting him in the House of Lords, along with several Tory donors.
This morning, Mann told Sky News that he was going to retain his Labour membership – but sit in the Lords as an independent peer:
Mann clearly feels entitled to be a Labour member but not represent Labour in the Lords – but he has stepped onto thin ice.
When MP Frank Field resigned the Labour whip last year to sit as an independent MP, he also expected to keep his Labour membership in spite of his decision – but he was told that resigning the whip had immediately terminated his personal membership of the party as well:
Field vowed legal action but eventually set up his own ‘party of one’ to stand in Birkenhead at the next election.
Given the risk of legal action, Labour must surely act consistently in its response if Mann attempts to sit as an independent peer.
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