A Labour MP’s hilarious ‘apology’ to constituents after party members vote to send him packing

Labour MP Gavin Shuker
Tracy Keeling

A Labour MP made a hilarious ‘apology’ to his constituents after members passed a motion of no confidence in him. Gavin Shuker’s outpouring on Twitter, however, has only served to allow members to prove why they were right.

I’m sorry

Shuker lost the vote of no confidence from his Constituency Labour Party (CLP) on 6 September. A fellow centrist MP and the chair of Labour Friends of Israel, Joan Ryan, also faced a vote. Her CLP passed a motion of no confidence too.

Shuker swiftly took to Twitter to explain the decision to his constituents in Luton South:

The MP went on to promise an honest, direct message to his constituents over the situation:

That ‘honest’ message read:

But observers argued that there was very little honesty in his ‘apology’.

Erm, hold on

Some people questioned Shuker’s claim that only “a handful of people” voted against the MP:

Meanwhile, others questioned his claim that he has the confidence of his constituents:

As people argued, Shuker’s support from constituents may have been down to the party, rather than his dazzling personality. A YouGov poll after the 2017 general election found that only 6% of Labour voters backed the party primarily because of their MP. The majority voted for Labour in 2017 because of its radical manifesto (28%), Jeremy Corbyn (13%) and in a bid to undo the Conservatives (15%).

Now it makes sense

So, if Luton is in anyway representative of Labour voters as a whole, it was predominantly the new direction of the party under Corbyn – and a hatred of the Tories – that secured votes for Shuker. This new direction, however, is not one the Luton South MP appears to support. As he sorrowfully explained to constituents at the end of his ‘apology’:

Clearly then, Shuker’s CLP has no confidence in him because he’s made clear that he has no confidence in the direction they, and the current leadership, are going with the party. That’s why members voted to send him packing, despite what his ‘apology’ would have people believe.

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Tracy Keeling