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Trouble at Westminster… January 19, 2022

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Embarrassing morning for Boris Johnson.

The Tory MP Christian Wakeford has defected to Labour, piling more pressure on Boris Johnson as growing numbers within his own party call on the prime minister to resign.

Just minutes before prime minister’s questions, Wakeford – elected as the MP for Bury South in 2019 – crossed the floor to sit with Keir Starmer’s party, declaring in a letter to Johnson resigning the Conservative whip that he was “incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves”.

The move will prove a huge embarrassment for Johnson, who is fighting to avoid enough of his own backbenchers submitting letters calling for a no-confidence vote. Fifty-four are needed to trigger a ballot. Many of those who have written a letter are members of the 2019 intake, like Wakeford. He submitted a letter last week.

Not that I’d exactly call the new Labour MP necessarily the greatest adornment for the BLP. 

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1. tomasoflatharta - January 19, 2022
2. sonofstan - January 19, 2022

Or ‘Stramer welcomes Tory into party, but still excludes socialists’

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Fergal - January 19, 2022

I’m no fan of Starmer but there are still socialists in the party McDonnell, Abbott etc… Corbyn is still out I think along with some Corbynistas
The Starmer people can now claim the polls are turning in their favour… the Starmer boy is finally coming good, witness the latest opinion polls!
This kind of thing happened during the Brexit years, MPs crossing the floor etc… or even splitting… Changeuk, anybody?!

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3. sonofstan - January 19, 2022

Apparently… according a recent C4 poll, Bury South has had the second biggest swing back to Labour of the red wall seats that went Tory in 2019. The biggest swing was Bury North. The former, has, I believe the largest Jewish vote of any constituency outside London, and may have been swung by the ant-semitism charges against Corbyn.

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benmadigan - January 19, 2022

Interesting point on the effects of the anti-semitism furore. I believe Starmer’s wife is Jewish, which may alleviate any anti-semitic fears about the BLP

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EWI - January 19, 2022

Interesting point on the effects of the anti-semitism furore. I believe Starmer’s wife is Jewish, which may alleviate any anti-semitic fears about the BLP

Or, mysteriously, they’ve now evaporated apart from when needed to bludgeon a suspected Corbyn supporter. Anyone seen any DUP members marching on this one recently?

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sonofstan - January 19, 2022

It was always ridiculously over-cooked.
The MP for this constituency, and the one for the constituency next are both Labour and Jewish, as are plenty of others. Neither seems to have any trouble staying in a party that is supposedly ‘institutionally anti-semitic’, nor does the substantial Jewish population of Leeds NE have any difficulty voting for such a party.
Bury South was a relatively small swing. The previous Labour MP was suspended for sexual misconduct, and then resigned from Labour citing anti-semitism as a flag of convenient outrage.

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Michael Carley - January 19, 2022

And ran as an independent, taking enough votes from Labour to stop them winning. The Labour candidate was a member of the UCU NEC by the way and would have made an excellent MP.

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sonofstan - January 20, 2022

On reflection that post was a little insensitive: impuning motives to people that might or might not reflect their experience of prejudice is NAGL.

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WorldbyStorm - January 20, 2022

Yeah, I’ve read accounts of vicious anti-semitism (entirely unrelated to the LP as it happens) that some have been subjected to in Britain. Understandably that just like any minority group, be they Muslim or whoever that is both terrifying, destabilising and makes people naturally hyper-sensitive to real or perceived slights. And in fairness for those who are Jewish there’s a millennium and more of history of being on the receiving end of pretty much the worst of human behaviours again and again. It doesn’t mean every allegation of anti-semitism is justified or correct at all, but isn’t it that a certain degree of sensitivity has to be in play as would be expected in relation to Muslims and others.

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