A Labour MP just let slip how the coup could use the boundary review to remove Corbyn from parliament

Corbyn is being blamed for the Copeland defeat

Labour MPs could use the Conservatives’ upcoming boundary review to ensure Jeremy Corbyn loses his parliamentary seat as an MP, according to comments made by one MP. It seems the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) will leave no opportunity unexploited in its efforts to unseat the current Labour leader.

Corbyn’s Labour constituency

As The Canary reported on 12 September, details of the proposed boundary review have now been released, and Corbyn’s North Islington constituency would be affected by the changes.

The Labour leader’s seat would be split up, and the segments divided between neighbouring constituencies. But a chunk of Corbyn’s electorate being handed over to a new Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington constituency may be large enough to qualify Corbyn to contest that seat.

Speaking to The Mirror, a Labour spokesman explained:

There is every reason to believe Jeremy will still have a seat to contest.

Nearly 60% of the new Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington constituency is in Islington North

The PLP met following the boundary review details being revealed. A source at the meeting described the mood as “sober and thoughtful”, according to The Guardian. Allegedly, one MP addressed reporters when leaving the meeting, saying:

Read on...

All women shortlist in Islington, that’s what we want

An all-women shortlist would, of course, disqualify Corbyn from contesting the Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington seat. This was, The Guardian explained, the “one moment of lightness” in an otherwise sobering meeting.

Owen Smith, the MP currently challenging Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest, may also have to contest his Pontypridd seat, as the changes mean it would be merged with the Cynon Valley constituency.

As yet, no member of the PLP has expressed an interest in creating an all-female shortlist in Smith’s constituency.

The Boundary Review

A boundary review was promised by the Conservative government two days after winning the 2015 general election. It is billed as a cost-cutting exercise, and was formally launched in February 2016. Its stated aim is to reduce the number of constituencies, and therefore MPs, from 650 to 600 – by equalising the number of voters in each area. The new arrangement will be put before parliament for approval in 2018.

The government’s suspected motive for the changes is to increase the number of Conservative constituencies, so it can try to garner a stronger majority in parliament in the 2020 general election. According to research by Conservative peer Robert Hayward, the changes could affect 200 Labour Party seats. He says Labour may lose 30 seats completely.

But a number of Conservative seats would also be affected. Boris Johnson, George Osborne, and others would all have to battle for theirs. Some Tory MPs have criticised the proposals being implemented, unless other reforms take place alongside them. They have called for a reduction in the number of Lords and government ministers if the reduction in MPs goes ahead.

Parliament will vote on the proposed constituency changes in 2018. Whether they will find approval among the various parties’ MPs is as yet unknown. But it seems that Labour’s PLP has already identified one clear upside of the changes going ahead: it may allow Labour MPs to stick it to Corbyn once more.

That’s what you call devotion. If only the PLP showed such dedication to toppling the Tories, its party could be back in power in no time.

Get Involved!

Read more Canary articles on the boundary review.

Support The Canary if you appreciate the work we do.

Featured image via Tsering Lhamo/Wikimedia

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed