Kate Hoey, a Brexiter MP, has said that she is “relaxed” regarding the move to have her deselected and promised that it will not affect the way she votes, following a vote of no confidence that was passed by her local association in Vauxhall.
Last night, a motion for no-confidence that accused her of “colluding” with Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader, and “reneging” on the manifesto pledge of the Labour Party to oppose the approach of the government to Brexit, received a unanimous backing at the meeting of the members of the party.
The activists claim that her decision to vote with the government over a recent Brexit bill restricted the defeat of Theresa May in the said Commons vote, which could have shaken the government and resulted in a general election that the Labour Party was “widely expected to win.”
However, being a prominent member of Labour Leave, Hoey has consistently voted with the government regarding Brexit. She said that she was “quite relaxed” regarding the move, which has no official force.
In an interview with The Guardian, she stated: “My local party activists are solid EU remainers. I will always put my country before my party and helping my constituents is a priority. After 29 years as an MP, I am quite relaxed about the vote and it won’t influence in any way how I vote in the future.”
Before the vote last Thursday, she penned a letter that was addressed to the local party members saying: “The idea there would have been a general election if Labour MPs had supported the amendment is not true.”
She added: “The amendment, tabled by pro-EU Tory backbenchers, “was a backhand way of staying in the customs union,” she argued, and “this was not the position in the Labour manifesto on which I was re-elected”.
Earlier during the week, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said that he was trying to urge Hoey and three other Labour rebels to stop “propping up” the UK government in essential Brexit votes.
The local activists would likely hold a “trigger ballot,” where the sitting Labour MPs can be urged to compete for selection as a candidate against the all-comers, before the next general election.