Edgbaston MP says she was never going to be present at votes to decide whether she will face selection contest and that notice of her attendance was ‘honest mistake’ by Facebook admin
Labour members in Birmingham Edgbaston have complained that local MP Preet Kaur Gill was to attend ‘trigger‘ votes this week that will decide whether she automatically remains as the party’s candidate in the next election or faces a selection contest. Labour rules do not permit MPs to be present at trigger meetings.
A notice published by the Edgbaston CLP (constituency Labour party) to remind members about their branch meetings stated that Gill would be there “to answer any questions you have about her activities and voting record”:
A spokesperson for Ms Gill said that she had never planned to attend the meetings and that it was an ‘honest mistake’ by the CLP:
I have spoken to the CLP about your enquiry. They told me that one of the people managing their Edgbaston CLP Facebook page made an honest mistake about Preet’s attendance. They were not aware of the rule prohibiting MPs from being present at the Reselection/Trigger Ballot meetings. After being made aware of their mistake by other members of the CLP, they have since amended their post and apologized for the confusion.
Preet knows the rules and was not planning on attending any of the meetings.
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