Author Of Labour Reselection Guide Predicts Some MPs Will Face Losing Their Seats

Labour MP Chuka Umunna said Osland’s decision to write the book was “kind of like a threat” against MPs that they must fall in line behind Corbyn or lose their seat. “I have never known this kind of atmosphere, whipped up nationally, of threats of intimidation,” he said.

“I have to say, I haven’t really come across many colleagues who are talking about resigning the whip or beating their wives,” he added.

Umunna said the threat of deselection was being made by supporters of Corbyn who wanted MPs to be “ideological pure” in their support for the party leader. “I don’t think we want robots, I think that was one of the problems under New Labour.”

“Jeremy Corbyn is a fantastic example. He has been a backbench MP who has  been very, very critical of the leadership under seven leaders,” Umunna said. “He defied the Whip more than 500 times, voted more than 200 times with the Tories. There has never been any serious attempt, that I know of at all, to deselect him.”

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