Labour MPs face hard-left purge as Corbyn aides plan to make them reapply for their job

Labour MPs face hard-left purge as Corbyn aides plan to make them reapply for their job

JEREMY Corbyn’s top aides are fast-tracking formal proposals for the re-selection of sitting Labour MPs – sparking fears of a “pu

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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.

Jeremy Corbyn’s officials are drawing up plans for the re-selection of MPs

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.”


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.

The plans were drawn up by Labour general secretary Jennie Formby

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