Tonight Joan Ryan has lost a vote of no confidence vote tabled by her local party. She lost by 95-92. The no-confidence vote is similar to those faced by MPs Hoey and Field, seeking the removal of the whip from Ryan and an open selection process to select their Parliamentary candidate before the next election. It is unclear if this motion would bar her from standing in the open selection for North Enfield’s Parliamentary candidate.
Ryan drew criticism for her public attacks on Corbyn during Labour’s antisemitism scandal, falsely accusing another Labour member of antisemitism and for statements of support towards Theresa May prior to the 2017 General election. Ryan is also chair of LFI.
She also came under criticism during the expenses scandal when it was revealed she claimed £173,691 in expenses for the 2006/2007 tax year.
The local party supporters, as well as large swathes of Labour’s grassroots, say that she does not represent them or their views.
Her supporters prior to tonight attempted to stop the vote occurring but these proved futile. Ryan told the Evening Standard that the vote was a ‘distraction’.
Her supporters used aggressive tactics outside the venue, calling her opponents antisemites and waving Israeli flags but in a very full Labour meeting, the MP lost the vote which was very close.
Following the results Joan Ryan tweeted:
So lost 92 to 94 votes hardly decisive victory and it never occurred to me that Trots Stalinists Communists and assorted hard left would gave confidence in me. I have none in them.
— Joan Ryan MP (@joanryanEnfield) September 6, 2018