JEREMY Corbyn’s top aides are fast-tracking formal proposals for the re-selection of sitting Labour MPs – sparking fears of a “pu
JEREMY Corbyn’s top aides are fast-tracking formal proposals for the re-selection of sitting Labour MPs – sparking fears of a “purge”.
Sources told The Sun that officials led by general secretary Jennie Formby have been asked to present formal guidance to the party’s ruling NEC policy board in March.
It follows a decision from Labour’s “Organisation Committee” this month.
The guidance will give each constituency Labour party clear rules and a timetable for re-selecting their MP ahead of a General Election.
It means sitting MPs will have to re-apply and face a beauty contest to be the candidate for their seat in the next election.
MPs told The Sun they fear it will trigger the long-feared “purge” by the hard-left of Labour moderates.
One senior party member said: “This is the purge moderates have been worrying about ever since Jeremy became leader.
“Why would you want to have a contest for sitting MPs? It’s beyond belief.”
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No sitting Labour MPs faced a re-selection ahead of the 2017 Election.
The Labour leadership had promised that any shake-up would be held off until the Government’s boundary review – which Theresa May shelved in September.
Last year party members backed proposals to lowered the threshold for a re-selection ballot to just 33 per cent of local branches.
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