Political news

Kate Hoey's constituency party unanimously backs no confidence vote

Kate Hoey said the no confidence motion was 'not a surprise'

KATE Hoey's constituency members have passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the Northern Ireland-born, pro-Brexit MP.

Ms Hoey was censured for "colluding with Nigel Farage" by Labour members in her Vauxhall constituency angry at her repeated voting with the Conservatives on Brexit.

A motion to suspend her from the parliamentary Labour Party was passed with 42 votes in favour, none against and three abstentions, with nobody speaking in her favour.

Ms Hoey was re-elected last year on a manifesto that "explicitly rejected Theresa May's approach to Brexit", the motion stated, and she pledged to endorse Labour's plans in a letter to constituents.

Members were particularly furious she had voted with the Conservatives on last week's Trade Bill, "propping up a failing government... when Tory whips had made it clear that defeat could lead to an immediate general election, an election which Labour is widely expected to win".

The motion stated: "This CLP (constituency Labour Party) censures Kate Hoey MP for repeatedly reneging on those commitments, and ignoring the clearly stated views of her constituents and the national and local Labour Party.

"We believe the accumulation of her actions and statements over the years, culminating in her supporting this reactionary government and a Tory Brexit which will threaten jobs, peace in Northern Ireland and the future of the NHS, and undermine workers' rights and environmental and other standards, cannot be deemed to be compatible with Labour's core beliefs and values."

Ms Hoey told The Irish News that the motion was "not a surprise".

"Over 29 years as an MP I have had many such motions passed by activists – it will not change in anyway my future voting behaviour between now and the next general Election in 2022," she said.

"I always put my country above my party and helping my constituents a priority."

Speaking yesterday, Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was a prominent Remain campaigner, told LBC: "There are 73 CLPs across London. They are autonomous bodies and they have expressed their view and they are clearly unhappy with Kate's vote the other day when there was a possibility of the government losing the vote, a vote of no confidence, possibly a general election."

He said the Northern Ireland-born MP's views were "long-known" and "long-held".

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe from just £1 for the first month to get full access

Political news

Today's horoscope

Horoscope


See a different horoscope: