Nottingham MP Chris Leslie loses no confidence vote

Nottingham MP Chris Leslie loses no confidence vote

Labour MP and Corbyn critic Chris Leslie loses local confidence vote

Activists voted to pass the no-confidence motion on Friday night, citing his involvement in a plot to oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader and criticising what they said were his repeated attempts … to undermine the leadership.

It comes after Corbyn called for a much greater culture of tolerance and the freedom to disagree and debate at the Labour conference.

But it was when it came to the environment that Corbyn made some of his boldest claims. If Labour came to power, Corbyn pledged, his party would reduce net carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2030, and, by 2050, it would make the UK a completely carbon-neutral country. Bhutan, a country that is 72 per cent forest and has a population of just 798,000, is currently the only nation that can lay a claim to the carbon-neutral crown.

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The motion, brought by members of the Mapperley branch of Nottingham East, attacked the former shadow chancellor for his disloyalty and deceit.

Although weve still got a long way to go, the UK has been doing a relatively good job at reducing its carbon output, says Paul McNamee, head of politics at Green Alliance, an environmental policy think tank. As part of the 2008 Climate Change Act, the UK has five-yearly carbon budgets to make sure overall carbon emissions are reduced to at least 80 per cent of their 1990 levels by 2050.

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Read more They said this was a severe impediment to Labour party electability that was incompatible with him continuing as the Labour candidate for the constituency.

He adds: Ever since I joined Labour 32 years ago as a school pupil, provoked by the Thatcher governments neglect that had left my local comprehensive school classroom literally falling down, Ive sought to champion better public services for those who need them most – whether as a local councillor or Government Minister. I have never hidden my politics including at the last election. No one in Nottingham East could have been in any way confused about my policy positions and areas of disagreement with the current Leadership.

Louise Regan, the chairwoman of the Nottingham East Labour party, said: We overwhelmingly passed a motion of no confidence in our MP Chris Leslie.

While the votes of no confidence carry no official force in the party, changes in the partys rules approved at the conference last week now make it easier for local party members to deselect their MPs. Some senior MPs in the party now fear as many as a third of Labour MPs – those who have criticised Corbyn in the past, and those who tried to oust him from office in 2016 – could be deselected before the next general election.

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It was agreed that this information would be shared with the press, but that we would also make clear that members of the CLP [constituency Labour party] would be out campaigning on the national day of action, building support for Labour policies and a Labour government.

The last party conference could not have gone worse for the prime minister. Just months after a punishing election where the party lost a 20-point lead and its parliamentary majority, Mays conference speech was interrupted by a protester who proffered a P45, then a coughing fit where the chancellor had to intervene to offer her a throat sweet. Finally, letters from the partys slogan began falling off the wall behind her.

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Leslie has previously said the starry-eyed, hard-left economic strategy embraced by the Labour leadership would hand the Conservatives at least another decade in power and end up hurting poorer people, as interest rates and inflation rose.

Among the rising stars in the cabinet whose speeches will be closely watched onstage and at fringe meetings are Michael Gove, who has urged colleagues to back the Chequers plan on the advice that it could be changed under a different prime minister once Brexit is secure (hint, hint), and Sajid Javid, whose Home Office brief will be the key plank of the prime ministers speech on immigration.

Such votes carry no official authority, but activists can hold a trigger ballot that would force the sitting Labour MP to compete for selection as a general election candidate.

We are in danger of ignoring the biggest threat Britain has faced for a generation. It isnt Brexit – the biggest threat is a Corbyn government. He and the people around him – deep in their soul, in their DNA – hate business, they hate wealth creation, they do not like democratic capitalism.

Leslie and his supporters boycotted the meeting and said he had been unfairly targeted. The former frontbencher criticised what he called the intolerance of differing opinions within sections of the party.

Sadly, differing opinions are no longer tolerated in some parts of the Labour party, he told the BBC. But I have to weigh the views of a few dozen people at this meeting with the thousands who voted for me at the last election.

Chuka Umunna, who has previously urged Corbyn to call off the dogs targeting Labour MPs, quoted the party leaders words in his speech to the conference on Wednesday.

The unity plea comes on the eve of the Conservative conference in Birmingham, expected to be dominated by demands from both Leave-backing and pro-Brussels Tories for the Government to change course on Brexit policy. 

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The Luton South MP, Gavin Shuker, Joan Ryan, the MP for Enfield North, and Frank Field, who quit the parliamentary party earlier this month, have also faced no-confidence votes from their local parties.

A compromise deal making it easier for CLPs to remove MPs was passed by the conference in Liverpool, reducing the threshold for triggering an open selection contest from 50% to 33% of local party branches or affiliated unions.

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