Birkenhead CLP’s pass motion to suspend whip and deselect rebel Frank Field

Birkenhead CLP’s have passed a motion that moves to withdraw the Labour whip from Frank Field and bar him from all future selections. This is similar to the motion passed against Kate Hoey.

The vote passed 59-13 (2 abstentions).

Both Brexiteer MPs infuriated the majority of Labour supporters by voting with the government on an amendment to the Brexit trade bill.

The amendment would see the UK stay in a customs union with the EU after Brexit if no deal with the EU was reached. Tory whips stated that if the government lost the vote senior Brexiteers would trigger a vote of no confidence in the government which may have resulted in a general election. With Labour 5 points clear in the polls this has been seen as a betrayal. It is also worth noting staying in a negotiated customs union with the EU is part of Labour’s policy on Brexit.

The national party will need to make a decision on both Field and Hoey’s fate but these events could turn into a quick deselection of MPs who no longer represents anyone but themselves.

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