Analysis Breaking Exclusive

Labour right attacks Byrne for ‘too focused on poverty’

Right-wing faction wants rid of MP of the year – and think he cares too much about feeding the hungry

West Derby MP Ian Byrne with the book that inspired his Community Kitchen project

MP of the Year Ian Byrne is facing a selection vote in his Liverpool West Derby constituency after an allegedly heavily-rigged ‘trigger ballot’ process to force a contest. Labour’s right-wing regime is eager to install right-winger in the safe Labour seat – but what do you criticise the MP of the Year, recognised for his years-long and ongoing fight to provide food and dignity for those facing poverty and hunger, for?

Well ridiculous though it seems, factional right-wingers have decided to attack him for exactly what makes him so popular – his passionate concern for the poor.

Byrne, a former councillor in the nearby Walton area, is a co-founder of the hugely successful Fans supporting Foodbanks group that has spread across the country and even into others – and has pushed hard in and out of Parliament for adequate nutrition to be recognised as a human right in the UK.

And just last week, with football legend Robbie Fowler, he launched a new ‘community kitchen’ initiative that already has schools around the city and further afield clamouring to launch it on their premises too.

But according to local party sources, the right-wing faction is unhappy that Byrne is:

too focused on poverty.

One source told Skwawkbox:

There’s not that many of them, but a few toxic right-wingers would love nothing better than to replace Ian with a man in a nice suit who’ll tell them how important they are. As far as they’re concerned, Ian is too focused on the real issues.

The selection vote is expected to take place within the next month – despite the local Labour official appointed over the process refusing to sign off on the trigger result because of the massive rigging with how it was run. Skwawkbox understands that the party hopes to install a right-wing councillor who works for the party’s regional office, despite accusations of bullying and hate speech.

SKWAWKBOX needs your help. The site is provided free of charge but depends on the support of its readers to be viable. If you’d like to help it keep revealing the news as it is and not what the Establishment wants you to hear – and can afford to without hardship – please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here to set up a monthly donation via GoCardless (SKWAWKBOX will contact you to confirm the GoCardless amount). Thanks for your solidarity so SKWAWKBOX can keep doing its job.

If you wish to republish this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.

%d bloggers like this: