Labour right targeting MP of the Year for deselection and accused of rigging process to do it – but members have a plan to combat the scam
Liverpool West Derby MP Ian Byrne is the current MP of the year, but in spite of and probably because of that, the Labour right has long had him in their crosshairs – and his many supporters in the constituency were rightly concerned when the party decided, without bothering to provide any reasons, that all of the ‘trigger’ meetings to decide whether he will face a contest to stand again at the next general election would be online, when they could easily be in person.
The first branch Zoom session took place last night and Byrne’s supporters at the meeting say that more than two thirds of the people present on the call were confirmed Byrne supporters – no surprise, as Byrne is widely liked and respected for his tireless efforts on behalf of local people, including a groundbreaking foodbank setup and a growing campaign to make adequate food a human right in this Tory-blighted country.
Yet according to insiders this morning, Labour’s regional office is claiming that Byrne narrowly lost the vote. Unlike most votes, even those conducted online, the count was conducted without tellers.
Concerns have long been expressed by Labour insiders that the ‘Anonyvoter’ system used by the party for these sessions is wide open for abuse and corruption by the party machine. The party has also been accused, with evidence, by other left-wing MPs of inserting fake voters into online votes.
So Byrne’s supporters have a plan that they are asking every member of good will in West Derby to help with – by writing ‘This evening I am voting to reselet Ian Byrne’ or very similar on a piece of paper and holding it in plain view throughout the meeting so that the party cannot claim different numbers than what will be clearly on show – and can be screenshotted by anyone present on the session:
If you are – or know – a Labour member in West Derby, make sure they’re aware and on board.
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