October 18, 2018
Politics

Jeremy Corbyn tightens grip on Labour leadership with rebel MPs facing the AXE

Despite an ongoing row within the party over deselections, the radical move was backed by 65% of delegates at the partys conference in Liverpool.

At present, Labour MPs only face "trigger ballots” in which local associated groups get to vote on whether to keep them before a general election.

They can then be booted out for another candidate if they lose more than 50% of their vote.

The new rules mean Labour MPs can be kicked out of office if they lose just 33% of their local support base.

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The move will make it all the harder for rebel MPs to rebel against their dear leader – an ever-present threat since Mr Corbyns election to the leadership in 2015.

The news comes as Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell promised the next leader of the party would be a woman.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live Mr Corbyn should be succeeded by a woman, ahead of his main speech at the Labour party conference in Liverpool.

Mr McDonnell said: “The next leader of the Labour party has to be a woman."

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POWER: Rebel Labour MPs will have a tougher time standing up to Corbyn
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Contenders for the top spot in Mr Corbyns Cabinet include Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, and Angela Rayner.

In a string of early morning media appearances, Mr McDonnell also warned against the risks of a second vote on Britains EU membership.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "If we don't get a general election, then yes, we will go for a People's Vote.

"Parliament will decide what will be on that ballot paper. We will be arguing that it should be a vote on the deal itself."

Pressed on whether he wanted the option of staying in the EU on the ballot paper, he said: "If we are going to respect the referendum it will be about the deal."

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