Poem: John (Jack) Walker 1888-1968

Dug this out from a couple of years ago. Seems poignant now!

No Time to Think

His name was Uncle Jack

He complained about his back

And smelled of liniment and ginger

He sat me on his knee when I was only three

And told me tales of the royal house of Windsor

The kings they eat tea and buns

And the Generals load the guns

For lowly men like Uncle Jack to fire

So come and sit by me although you’re only three

And I’ll sing you hymns you won’t hear from any choir

I was just six and a score

When I was called to that bloody war

To kill the evil Hun or die trying

Buried in the mud and the gas shells they did thud

Around me was the constant wailing of the dying

On one fateful autumn day

In our trench we all did lay

When I heard our captain yell something at me

Look out across the wire where the…

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Anti-corbyn narrative back in may, so nothing as changed.  Labour MPs hostile to Corbyn named in leaked party document

True Labour, not New Labour

This is a superb blog post…

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A message to each and every one of the 172 Labour MPs – it is not Jeremy Corbyn who is a bad leader, it is you, the 172 who are un-leadable.

From the very beginning, since the leadership election last year, it has been clear that you never intended to support Jeremy Corbyn. Rumours of coups have been rife since day one. You say he is un-electable, but you never wanted him to succeed. Every opportunity shadow cabinet members have had to speak in the media, you have deliberately undermined Jeremy Corbyn to impact public opinion. It has been a self-fulfilling prophecy – you planned his downfall from the beginning and it is you who are responsible.

Jeremy Corbyn offered  (offers) a new approach to politics, a kinder approach and he has drawn in the masses across the country from all walks of life. You have perpetuated a myth that these supporters…

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The ringleaders of the coup against Corbyn – #DeselectThem

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THESE are the leaders of the attempted coup against Jeremy Corbyn.

I have marked those who are members of the Blairite Progress group. For more information about Progress, please read my article Hanging from Traitors’ Gate – Progress: Labour’s right wing Militant.

Let’s start the process of deselecting them all now…

  • Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) PROGRESS
  • Alison McGovern (Wirral South) PROGRESS
  • Angela Eagle (Wallasey) PROGRESS
  • Ann Coffey (Stockport)
  • Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) PROGRESS
  • Caroline Flint (Don Valley) PROGRESS
  • Chris Leslie (Nottingham East) PROGRESS
  • Chuka Umunna (Streatham) PROGRESS
  • Conor McGinn (St Helens North)
  • Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) PROGRESS
  • Frank Field (Birkenhead) PROGRESS
  • Gloria de Piero (Ashfield) PROGRESS
  • Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
  • Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East) PROGRESS
  • Jamie Reed (Copeland) PROGRESS
  • Jenny Chapman (Darlington) PROGRESS
  • Jess Phillips (Birmingham Yardley) PROGRESS
  • John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness) PROGRESS
  • Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge) PROGRESS
  • Julie Elliot (Sunderland Central) PROGRESS
  • Kevan Jones (North Durham) PROGRESS
  • Liam Byrne (Birmingham Hodge Hill) PROGRESS
  • Liz Kendall (Leicester West) PROGRESS
  • Lucy Powell (Manchester Central) PROGRESS
  • Margaret Hodge (Barking)
  • Maria Eagle (Garston) PROGRESS
  • Michael Dugher (Barnsley East) PROGRESS
  • Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent) PROGRESS
  • Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East) PROGRESS
  • Phil Wilson (Sedgefield) PROGRESS
  • Ruth Smeeth (Stoke on Trent North) PROGRESS
  • Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston) PROGRESS
  • Stella Creasy (Walthamstow) PROGRESS
  • Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South) PROGRESS
  • Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) PROGRESS
  • Stephen Twigg (West Derby) PROGRESS
  • Steve Reed (Croydon North) PROGRESS
  • Toby Perkins (Chesterfield) PROGRESS
  • Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central) PROGRESS

 

These MPs voted Confidence in Jeremy Corbyn

FORTY MPs voted full confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party… in Tuesday’s vote. We name 39 of them.

Updated and revised at 11 August 2016.

Also note that since voting confidence in Jeremy Corbyn, Pat Glass has since resigned from the Shadow Cabinet for family reasons.

  1. Andy McDonald
  2. Angela Rayner
  3. Barry Gardiner
  4. Bill Esterson
  5. Carolyn Harris
  6. Cat Smith
  7. Catherine West
  8. Clive Lewis
  9. Dave Anderson
  10. Debbie Abrahams
  11. Dennis Skinner
  12. Diane Abbot
  13. Emily Thornberry
  14. Gerald Kaufman
  15. Gill Furniss
  16. Graham Morris
  17. Ian Lavery
  18. Ian Mearns
  19. Imran Hussain
  20. Jeremy Corbyn
  21. Jo Stevens
  22. John McDonnell
  23. Jon Trickett
  24. Jonathan Ashworth
  25. Kate Hoey
  26. Kate Osamor
  27. Kelvin Hopkins
  28. Margaret Greenwood
  29. Pat Glass
  30. Paul Flynn
  31. Peter Dowd
  32. Rachael Maskell
  33. Rebecca Long Bailey
  34. Richard Burgon
  35. Ronnie Campbell
  36. Rosena Allin Khan
  37. Steve Rotheram
  38. Tulip Siddiq
  39. Yasmin Qureshi
  • We are unsure how Andy Burnham and Liz McInnes voted. At the time of the vote they both expressed public confidence in Jeremy Corbyn. It seems that at least one of them abstained on the vote. We believe that Shadow Cabinet “returner” Sarah Champion probably also abstained.

 

 

 

 

Hanging from Traitors’ Gate – Progress: Labour’s right wing Militant

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IT is more than 30 years since former Labour leader Neil Kinnock began his attack on Militant – as a left wing ‘Party within a Party’ seeking to undermine core Labour values.

Within six years Militant had been proscribed by Mr Kinnock and banned from ever being part of the Labour Party.

Now in 2016, his son Stephen Kinnock is part of a sinister group known as Progress – a right wing ‘Party within a Party’.

More sinister and undermining than Militant ever were.

Progress is the Blairite power behind the 75 treacherous MPs now seeking to oust the Labour Party’s democratically elected leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Progress runs on £260,000-a-year funding from Lord Sainsbury.

He used to fund the Labour Party, giving over £6.3 million between 2005 and 2010. But he stopped funding Labour when Ed Miliband got elected. Angry at Miliband’s shuffle to the left, Sainsbury went on a rich man’s strike.

But he didn’t just take his money and go home. Instead of funding Labour, he funds Progress, whose job is to keep Labour right wing and Blairite.

Progress’s income since 2010 is about £1.5 million.

Progress, through its website, its weekend school, its meetings at Labour’s conference and its activist network push the candidates and policies Sainsbury likes.

Tristram Hunt is a particular Sainsbury favourite — he was in fact Lord Sainsbury’s personal spokesman before he became a Labour MP.

Hunt was working for Sainsbury when Progress was formed out of the money left over from the original campaign to make Tony Blair leader of the party.

Sainsbury originally got Derek Draper to run Progress.

He soon disgraced himself and Labour by claiming he could get influence with the New Labour government for corporate lobbyists.

Despite this early link to a lobbying scandal, Progress still relies on money and contacts from lobbyists, alongside Sainsbury’s cash. In fairness, Progress is more open about its income than it used to be. Its website advises that in 2014 it relied on money and support from Bellenden Public Affairs, a lobbying firm that represents privatisers like Serco and NHS outsourcer Care UK.

Progress also took money from Lexington, another lobbying firm whose clients include Interserve, another major privatiser, and the “Giant Vampire Squid” of banking, Goldman Sachs. The City of London Corporation put some cash into the Progress operation as well.

Progress is deeply committed to pro-privatisation and pro-corporate policies. It has also campaigned to reduce trade union influence in the Labour Party.

During last year’s Labour leadership election Progress supported Liz Kendall for Labour leader and Tessa Jowell for mayor of London.

Progress could not pick a candidate for deputy leader — which in fact shows how deeply Progress is embedded in the parliamentary party.  The three deputy leader candidates — Caroline Flint, Ben Bradshaw and Stella Creasy — are all Progress members, so they couldn’t choose which one to back.

Progress’s attempts to shift the party towards privatisation and other business-friendly policies favoured by their funders aren’t hard to find.

But they don’t get reported that much because most journalists both rely on Progress members for their stories and agree with their Blairite arguments.

Only now are people waking up to the sinister nature of Progress’s coup attempt to unseat Jeremy Corbyn.

Paul Flynn MP (Newport) condemned the plotters as:

“Orchestrated treachery. Resignations on the hour by the future Blair Tribute Party. Self-indulgent party games as steel jobs are in new peril.”

Even former SNP leader Alex Salmond – a politician I know personally and someone steeped in honesty – called out the plotters last night.

The mass resignation of senior Labour MPs over Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party is a “disgusting, organised coup”, he said.

“I find it depressing to see people that he appointed, most of whom the public have never heard of, stabbing him in the back.

“I find that is a debilitating sight, and personally I hope he sticks it out and is vindicated, because I’ve never seen such a disgusting, organised coup.

“On the hour, every hour, one of them resigns, and if they think the general public finds that impressive I think they’ve got another think coming.

“I can’t help but have a good deal of sympathy for Jeremy Corbyn and some contempt for the tactics of those who he appointed, who now feel free to stab him in the back,” added Mr Salmond.

But their plotting has been an open secret.

An article in the Telegraph dated the 16 June detailed that the Progress led “Labour rebels hope to topple Jeremy Corbyn in 24-hour blitz after EU referendum.”

Further evidence that these Labour MPs have been plotting against Mr Corbyn and would have assailed his leadership regardless of the outcome of the referendum.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has described the MPs in Progress as a “narrow right-wing clique”, “conservative” and “hard right”.

“They all come from a sort of a narrow right-wing clique within the Labour Party based around the organisation Progress,” he said.

“I don’t think they’ve really ever accepted Jeremy’s mandate. I’m afraid they have to recognise that Jeremy got elected with the largest mandate of any political leader from any political party in our history.

“I’m afraid they haven’t respected that leadership election result.”

Some 30 of the 75 plotters who have so far broken cover are active Blairite members of the Progress cabal.

But while they try and oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader, many more are supporting him and more than 217,000 ordinary members have signed an online petition of total confidence in him.

These plotters must now be put on notice: We are watching you, have noted your actions as traitors to the Labour Party and your time as a Labour MP is numbered.

  • Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) PROGRESS
  • Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)
  • Alison McGovern (Wirral South) PROGRESS
  • Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith)
  • Angela Eagle (Wallasey) PROGRESS
  • Angela Smith (Penistone & Stocksbridge)
  • Anna Turley (Redcar)
  • Ann Coffey (Stockport)
  • Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) PROGRESS
  • Caroline Flint (Don Valley) PROGRESS
  • Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
  • Chris Leslie (Nottingham East) PROGRESS
  • Chris Matheson (Chester)
  • Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East)
  • Conor McGinn (St Helens North)
  • Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) PROGRESS
  • Diana Johnson (Hull North)
  • Frank Field (Birkenhead) PROGRESS
  • Gloria de Piero (Ashfield) PROGRESS
  • Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
  • Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East)
  • Ian Murray (Edinburgh South)
  • Ivan Lewis (Bury South)
  • Jamie Reed (Copeland) PROGRESS
  • Jenny Chapman (Darlington) PROGRESS
  • Jess Phillips (Birmingham Yardley) PROGRESS
  • John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne)
  • John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness) PROGRESS
  • Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge) PROGRESS
  • Julie Elliot (Sunderland Central) PROGRESS
  • Karen Buck (Westminster North)
  • Karin Smyth (Bristol South)
  • Karl Turner (Hull East)
  • Kate Green (Stretford)
  • Keir Starmer (Holborn and St Pancras)
  • Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East)
  • Kevan Jones (North Durham) PROGRESS
  • Liam Byrne (Birmingham Hodge Hill) PROGRESS
  • Lillian Greenwood (Nottingham South)
  • Lisa Nandy (Wigan)
  • Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree)
  • Lucy Powell (Manchester Central) PROGRESS
  • Margaret Hodge (Barking) Non Progress Blairite
  • Maria Eagle (Garston) PROGRESS
  • Matthew Pennycrook (Greenwich and Woolwich)
  • Melanie Onn (Great Grimsby)
  • Michael Dugher (Barnsley East) PROGRESS
  • Mike Kane (Wythenshawe)
  • Mike Gapes (Ilford South)
  • Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Southwark)
  • Nia Griffith (Llanelli)
  • Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe)
  • Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent) PROGRESS
  • Nick Thomas Symonds (Torfaen)
  • Owen Smith (Pontypridd)
  • Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East) PROGRESS
  • Peter Kyle (Hove and Portslade)
  • Phil Wilson (Sedgefield) PROGRESS
  • Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
  • Roberta Blackman-Wood (Durham)
  • Ruth Smeeth (Stoke on Trent North) PROGRESS
  • Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston) PROGRESS
  • Stella Creasy (Walthamstow) PROGRESS
  • Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South) PROGRESS
  • Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) PROGRESS
  • Stephen Twigg (West Derby) PROGRESS
  • Steve Reed (Croydon North) PROGRESS
  • Susan Elan Jones (Clwyd South)
  • Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West)
  • Toby Perkins (Chesterfield) PROGRESS
  • Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South)
  • Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central) PROGRESS
  • Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
  • Wayne David (Caerphilly)
  • Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield)

At the time of writing fellow Progress members Chuka Umunna (Streatham) and Liz Kendall (Leicester West) have yet to indicate whether they will vote to oust Mr Corbyn.

Watch this space!

  • Acknowledgement: The Morning Star

 

 

 

Battle for the heart and soul of the Labour Party as 54 plotters break cover

Labour

DOZENS of loyal Labour MPs have flocked to support their party leader as a coup attempt by a cabal of malcontent MPs is set to hit the buffers.

A battle for the heart and soul of the Parliamentary Labour Party has begun.

While 54 Labour MPs have announced their intention to try and oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader, many more are supporting him and more than 235,000 ordinary members have signed an online petition of total confidence in him.

Mr Corbyn won the Labour leadership vote last September with 59% (251,417) of the vote. A recent YouGov poll suggests that if a new leadership election is called he would win again with about 67% of the vote.

Last night Mr Corbyn warned the plotters:

“Those who want to change Labour’s leadership will have to stand in a democratic election, in which I will be a candidate.”

He also said he had been elected as leader with “an overwhelming mandate for a different kind of politics”.

“I am not going to betray the trust of those who voted for me – or the millions of supporters across the country who need Labour to represent them,” he added.

“Neither wing of the Tory government has an exit plan. Labour will now ensure that our reform agenda is at the heart of the negotiations that lie ahead.

“One clear message from last Thursday’s vote is that millions of people feel shut out of a political and economic system that has let them down and scarred our country with grotesque levels of inequality.”

At 6pm tonight (Monday) a protest has been planned at Parliament Square in London to show support for the Labour leader.

A statement by the Momentum group which has organised the gathering says: “The future is uncertain. We face a Tory Brexit, Cameron has resigned and we are likely to have a general election in the coming months with the potential of Britain lurching yet further to the right.

“Yet a small number of Labour MPs are using this as an opportunity to oust Jeremy, disrespect the Labour membership who elected him and disregard our movement for a new kind of politics. We cannot let this undemocratic behaviour succeed.”

Jon Lansman, one of Mr Corbyn’s closest advisers who founded Momentum alongside the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said others in the party would join Momentum supporters in campaigning for the embattled leader.

He said party members across the board were dismayed by the sight of Labour MPs falling out among themselves at a time when the Conservatives are divided.

Mr Corbyn has a growing number of allies within the parliamentary party, led by John McDonnell, Andy McDonald, Dennis Skinner, Dave Anderson, Rachel Maskell, Clive Lewis, Ian Mearns, Ronnie Campbell, Pat Glass, Catherine Smith, Graham Morris and Diane Abbot.

In the past 24 hours Paul Flynn (Newport), Emily Thornberry (Islington South), Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central) , Richard Burgon (Leeds East), Ian Lavery (Wansbeck), Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) Jon Trickett (Hemsworth) and others have put their heads above the parapets to support him.

Paul Flynn condemned the plotters as:

“Orchestrated treachery. Resignations on the hour by the future Blair Tribute Party. Self-indulgent party games as steel jobs are in new peril.”

One of Mr Corbyn’s staunchest allies Ian Lavery MP (Wansbeck) said: “If we don’t respect democracy then we stand for nothing. The Labour Party membership gave Jeremy Corbyn a massive mandate. I’m supporting the membership and Jeremy.”

Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton under Lyne also gave her 100% support for Jeremy Corbyn and used her Twitter feed to pool support from other Labour MPs.

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central said: “Jeremy is an excellent leader, he is sincere and authentic and many think he’s the most honest politician.”

Andy McDonald MP (Middlesbrough) said Jeremy Corbyn should not take orders from the Parliamentary Labour Party.

“Absolutely he should stay. He has a mandate to stay. It was only nine short months ago that he was elected with a massive majority,” he said

“And I know that he hasn’t been popular across the PLP. That’s the understatement of the year. But it’s the members who overwhelmingly embraced Jeremy’s narrative. And I think some of my colleagues need to completely recognise that.”

Imran Hussain, Bradford East MP said: “With the Tories divided over the EU, Labour MPs and shadow ministers must be presenting a united opposition that the public need right now. Jeremy was elected with an overwhelming mandate amongst the membership, and that must be respected by the Shadow Cabinet.”

Kate Osamor MP (Edmonton) said:

“The Labour Party needs to unite behind our leader. We cannot descend into infighting at this critical stage. Let’s bring the fight to the Tories.”

Peter Dowd MP (Bootle) added: “As far as I’m concerned Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour Leader by 250,000 members and it should remain that way until they decide otherwise.”

And yesterday afternoon, shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham (Leigh) joined them.

“At an uncertain time like this for our country, I cannot see how it makes sense for the Opposition to plunge itself into a civil war,” he said.

“I have never taken part in a coup against any leader of the Labour Party and I am not going to start now.

“It is for our members to decide who leads our Party and 10 months ago they gave Jeremy Corbyn a resounding mandate. I respect that and them.”

And the anti-Corbyn bloc in the parliamentary Labour party could find itself pitted against not only large numbers of party members – making for potentially fraught and daunting appearances by MPs in front of constituency party meetings – but against unions whose financial and organisational muscle helped Mr Corbyn win.

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unison, expressed renewed support for him and condemned the attempt to remove him.

Manuel Cortes, the general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, said: “Those looking to unseat him have got nothing to offer. They have been hiding in the shadows looking for any excuse to try and get rid of the Labour party leader who has was the biggest democratic franchise the party has ever seen.”

There are now 34 Labour MPs who have broken cover and signed up as part of an undemocratic coup to oust Mr Corbyn.

Most have been part of a cabal with a right wing agenda since September 2015, ready to use any opportunity to topple the Labour Party’s democratically elected leader.

Their plotting has been an open secret.

An article in the Telegraph dated the 16 June detailed that the “Labour rebels hope to topple Jeremy Corbyn in 24-hour blitz after EU referendum.”

Further evidence that these Labour MPs have been plotting against Mr Corbyn and would have assailed his leadership regardless of the outcome of the referendum.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell accuses many of the assassins of being linked to the Blairite campaign group Progress.

“Many come from a sort of a narrow right-wing clique within the Labour Party based around the organisation Progress,” he said.

“I don’t think they’ve really ever accepted Jeremy’s mandate. I’m afraid they have to recognise that Jeremy got elected with the largest mandate of any political leader from any political party in our history.

“I’m afraid they haven’t respected that leadership election result.”

These traitors must be put on notice: We are watching you, have noted your actions as traitors to the Labour Party and your time as a Labour MP is numbered.

As at 4pm, Monday 27 June, we can name 54 of these self-serving plotters. More high profile Blairite MPs are expected to join them today boosting numbers within the cabal to over 60:

  • Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)
  • Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)
  • Alison McGovern (Wirral South)
  • Angela Eagle (Wallasey)
  • Angela Smith (Penistone & Stocksbridge)
  • Anna Turley (Redcar)
  • Ann Coffey (Stockport)
  • Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)
  • Caroline Flint (Don Valley)
  • Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
  • Chris Leslie (Nottingham East)
  • Chris Matheson (Chester)
  • Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central)
  • Diana Johnson (Hull North)
  • Frank Field (Birkenhead)
  • Gloria de Piero (Ashfield)
  • Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
  • Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East)
  • Ian Murray (Edinburgh South)
  • Ivan Lewis (Bury South)
  • Jamie Reed (Copeland)
  • Jenny Chapman (Darlington)
  • Jess Phillips (Birmingham Yardley)
  • John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne)
  • John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness)
  • Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central)
  • Karen Buck (Westminster North)
  • Karl Turner (Hull East)
  • Kate Green (Stretford)
  • Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East)
  • Liam Byrne (Birmingham Hodge Hill)
  • Lillian Greenwood (Nottingham South)
  • Lisa Nandy (Wigan)
  • Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree)
  • Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)
  • Margaret Hodge (Barking)
  • Maria Eagle (Garston)
  • Mike Gapes (Ilford South)
  • Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Southwark)
  • Nia Griffith (Llanelli)
  • Owen Smith (Pontypridd)
  • Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East)
  • Peter Kyle (Hove and Portslade)
  • Phil Wilson (Sedgefield)
  • Roberta Blackman-Wood (Durham)
  • Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston)
  • Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon)
  • Steve Reed (Croydon North)
  • Toby Perkins (Chesterfield)
  • Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South)
  • Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central)
  • Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
  • Wayne David (Caerphilly)
  • Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield)

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone gave warning to the plotters.

“If your local MP is undermining Jeremy Corbyn, opposing the anti-austerity measures that we want, people should have a right to say: ‘I’d like to have an MP who reflects my view.’ It shouldn’t be a job for life”

he said.

The redrawing the parliamentary boundaries, as part of plans to shrink the size of the Commons from 650 MPs to 600, will provide the opportunity to move against some right wing Labour MPs.

Under the Labour rules for boundary changes, existing MPs have the right to be reselected for a new seat if they can claim a “substantial territorial interest” of at least 40% in the new seat.

But reselection battles could be triggered under the current rules in many of the 206 Labour-held seats in England.

Just 36 will remain unchanged while in 54 of the seats the proposed boundary changes will be larger than 40% of the territory of the constituency, potentially opening them up to new candidates.

  • Many of these plotters have narrow majorities – John Woodcock’s (Barrow and Furness) for instance is only 795 and Chris Matheson’s (Chester) is only 93.