Sefton MPs key roles in Corbyn’s fate

MPs representing Sefton constituencies or who hail originally from Sefton are key to the future of left wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who faces a formal leadership challenge tomorrow.

With only 40 out of 212 Labour MPs backing Corbyn in a recent ‘no confidence’ vote of the Labour Parliamentary Party, two of these are Sefton Central’s MP Bill Esterson and Bootle’s MP Peter Dowd. Both have responsibilities in Corbyn’s beleagured team though neither is in the 25-person Shadow Cabinet.

Aintree-born Andy Burnham is just about the only ‘mainstream’ Labour MP who has not jumped ship from Corbyn’s shadow cabinet. Many Labour MPs still blame Burnham for his own failed leadership campaign a year ago which led left wing supporters to ditch him and plump for Corbyn. This allowed the far-left-winger into the ballot which he eventually won.

Making her bid for Labour leadership tomorrow is Formby’s Angela Eagle who now represents the Wirral seat of Wallasey in Parliament. Ms Eagle is trying to retain some ‘leftish’ credentials in order to gain support from Labour’s new members in the coming vote. She is no stranger to controversy herself, however, since it has been alleged that Labour Party rules were broken when she replaced longtime Wirral activist Lol Duffy as the Wallasey Labour candidate after Labour’s National Executive Committee intervened. At the meeting when Ms Eagle was originally selected, the returning officer omitted to count the blank ballot papers of which it was later discovered there were more than twice as many as were needed to require a fresh ballot under the rules..

Ms Eagle, Shadow Business Secretary in Jeremy Corbyn’s team until her recent resignation, is now subject to an on-line petition started in her own constituency calling on her to support Corbyn or go.


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