No-confidence vote in Labour MP Luciana Berger pulled


Activities of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her townswoman party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of number one Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “impairing” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A authority close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the at once decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, occasioned it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Obscurity chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from devotees of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an hypothetical Labour “breakaway” party.


In a statement after the motions were original put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she initiate it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy numero uno Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, racket for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is cleanly to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her specific party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Be disadvantaged by Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been eradicated.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been timid by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no authorized force within the Labour Party, but local activists could foothold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for range as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the object of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour At-home conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a gathering of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to devour anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit desire be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish mistress representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of answer from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our carouse”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and apparent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to immediate their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote ruined on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of evaluation he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “mortified” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too outgoing [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the essentials”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [gear it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should not in any degree have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana comparable to that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the resolving to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “hardy debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of signals of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.

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