I Won't Stop Fighting for Constituents Insists MP; Berger Hits Back after Motions of No Confidence - AND CALLS FOR SECOND BREXIT VOTE

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I Won't Stop Fighting for Constituents Insists MP; Berger Hits Back after Motions of No Confidence - AND CALLS FOR SECOND BREXIT VOTE


Byline: LIAM THORP Political editor liam.thorp@trinitymirror.com @LIAMTHORPECHO

LIVERPOOL Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has responded to news her own Labour branch has tabled motions of no confidence in her - and said she is "deeply disturbed" by the leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Wavertree Constituency Labour Party has called an extraordinary meeting to discuss two separate motions of no confidence in their MP.

The motions both expressed anger at Ms Berger for "criticising" party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Berger is Jewish and has regularly said she is unhappy at a lack of action by Mr Corbyn and the party on tackling anti-semitism.

In a statement following the motions, she again criticised Mr Corbyn, saying she has been "deeply disturbed" by his "lack of response" over the issue.

She also reiterated her calls for a 'People's Vote' on Brexit - a stance which has also prompted opposition from local branch leaders. Ms Berger said: "I believe that my constituents will judge me on my record and skills in representing them in Parliament. "I have not, and will not, hide my view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country.

"Liverpool as a whole voted to Remain in 2016; the majority for Remain in Liverpool Wavertree was higher that the city average.

"The most recent analysis shows 72.5% of constituents now support remaining in the EU, with 74% of people wanting a People's Vote. These voices must be represented and must be heard. I will not shy away from standing up for them.

"I, along with my Labour colleagues, have now tried, and sadly failed, to force a General Election. …

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