Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stringer Wins 'Heavily' in No Confidence Vote

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stringer Wins 'Heavily' in No Confidence Vote

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REBEL MP Graham Stringer has emerged unscathed from a vote of no confidence by his local constituency Labour Party.

The MP for Blackley and Broughton faced 'deselection procedures' and a vote of no confidence triggered against him after he voted with the Prime Minister on a crucial Brexit vote.

Mr Stringer was among four Labour MPs to foil the bid to make the UK change its Brexit strategy in favour of joining a customs union if a free-trade deal with the EU isn't reached.

The four Labour votes meant the amendment was defeated by 307 to 301. If the four rebels had voted with the rest of their party then it would have succeeded.

Leavers Mr Stringer, Kate Hoey, Frank Field and John Mann were accused of 'propping up' Theresa May's divided Tory government and some, including Momentum's national coordinator Laura Parker, called for their de-selection.

On Monday, Jeremy Corbyn told the M.E.N. he 'regretted' Mr Stringer's vote - and on Tuesday, the former Manchester council leader's local party colleagues echoed their leader's sentiments. A motion brought before the constituency's Broughton ward said Mr Stringer's recent actions had 'undermined the party and bolstered the Tories' position' and that 'the constituency party should start the process of removing him as the Labour candidate at the time of the next election'. But the motion was 'heavily defeated.' .

Speaking to the M.E.N. before the party meeting, Mr Stringer dismissed the theory that if the four 'rebels' had toed the line it could have 'left Mrs May in peril'. He said: "If there is a vote of no confidence in the government I will vote for it. That is the only way of bringing the Government down.

"There is no chance of doing that on that vote. It was a rogue backbench Tory amendment which I voted against because it would have stopped the Government negotiating trade deals which is against the Labour manifesto. …

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