Hackney South and Shoreditch members voted to make MPs accountable to members’ sovereign body, but claims it was ‘inadvertent’ and she has no memory of doing it
Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier voted three times in a meeting of the local constituency Labour party (CLP) where she had no entitlement to vote – then said she hadn’t meant to and couldn’t remember doing it, according to members.
The CLP was voting on a member motion to make MPs answerable to the Labour’s annual conference, the sovereign body of the party under Labour rules.
Hillier voted on only three occasions:
- against hearing the motion at all
- against the motion once members voted to hear it
- against extending the meeting to make time for other issues to be discussed
Local members say that Hillier is not entitled to vote at the meeting because she does not live in the constituency – and that when challenged, she said she hadn’t meant to and ‘had no memory’ of doing it:
She said it was inadvertent and that she hadn’t realised she had voted and had no memory of voting. She also said her votes weren’t counted but as it wasn’t apparent at the time that she had voted, because we only got access to the Zoom record later, her votes were counted.
The votes were all very close but the left won them all.
According to the voting record, Hillier did not vote on the two motions that came before this sequence of three votes – one on affiliaton to Disability Labour and one on Israel/Palestine – nor on the one that came after, on Labour Tenants United.
Ms Hillier was contacted for comment on Saturday but had not responded by the time of publication except for an automated acknowledgement.
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