Further branch votes to trigger Sharma

Threshold already reached to force selection contest – but results keep coming
Virendra Sharma

The unpopular Ealing Southall MP – already the subject of a no-confidence vote by local members earlier this year – had already been ‘triggered’ by his constituency party (CLP) this week when the first three branches balloted all voted heavily to force a selection contest.

This evening, the CLP’s Northfields branch also voted to trigger the MP by a margin of 28 votes to 19,

Last night, one ward did vote in Sharma’s favour, but tonight’s result means that a majority of the CLP’s seven branches have voted for the opportunity to remove him – with two branches still to vote. Labour rules require only one in three to support a trigger in order to force a contest.

Sharma has attempted to blame the so-called ‘hard left’, but local members say votes from across the Labour spectrum have contributed to the result – as they did in March’s no-confidence motion.

Sharma had attempted to abort the trigger process at the beginning of this month by complaining that ineligible voters had participated. However, the party found no basis for the complaints and reinstated the first two results.

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