Labour MP Joan Ryan loses confidence vote at but says she won’t quit

Labour MP Joan Ryan loses confidence vote at Enfield meeting

‘I’m not surprised Communists have no confidence in me, I have none in them’: Labour MP and leading anti-Semitism critic loses vote in bid to oust her

  • Joan Ryan and Gavin Shuker both lost confidence votes at meetings last night
  • Both vowed to stay on as Labour MPs and slammed those trying to purge them
  • Labour could split over the anti-Semitism row and the party’s hard left turn
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A leading Labour moderate is battling to hold on to her political career after she lost a crucial party vote as the hard-left try to oust her as an MP.

Joan Ryan, a leading critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle the anti-Semitism crisis, lost the confidence motion by just two votes at a party meeting in Enfield, north London.

Ms Ryan, the chair of Labour Friends of Israel, blamed the bid to deselect her on ‘Trots, Stalinists, Communists and assorted hard left’.

But she vowed to stay on as the local MP, telling her Twitter followers ‘I am Labour through and through’ and she will not be quitting. 

And Gavin Shuker, Labour MP for Luton South, also lost a no confidence vote last night. 

Joan Ryan, a leading critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle the anti-Semitism crisis, (pictured last night after the meeting in Enfield) lost the confidence motion by just two votes at a party meeting in Enfield, north London

The Iranian state propaganda channel Press TV tweeted out a video of activists celebrating after the result came in (pictured, last night)

Joan Ryan blamed the entryism of the hard left – including Communists – for the bid to deselect her in

Joan Ryan vowed to stay on as a Labour MP and said that she is Labour ‘through and through’

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Jewish leaders and Labour MPs immediately rallied to their colleagues’ defence – and slammed moves to oust them.

In an extraordinary scenes at a Labour party meeting last night, activists packed into the hall to hear the outcome of Ms Ryan’s vote. 

And some erupted into loud cheers, jumped up and down and hugged one another when news that Ms Ryan had lost the vote 94 to 92 came through.

The moment was captured on video by Press TV – the Iranian state propaganda channel which Mr Corbyn has been criticised for appearing on – which jubilantly tweeted the result.

Ms Ryan, who was first elected to the seat when Tony Blair swept to power in his 1997 landslide, hit back at the moves to deselect her.

In a series of Twitter messages, she wrote: ‘So lost 92 to 94 votes hardly decisive victory and it never occurred to me that Trots Stalinists Communists and assorted hard left would gave confidence in me. I have none in them.’

She added: ‘I will be out tomorrow morning working hard for the people of Enfield.

‘Just to be clear I will not be resigning. I am Labour through and through and I will continue to stand up and fight for Labour values.’

Mr Shuker also vowed to stay on as Labour MP, writing on Twitter: ‘At a local Labour Party meeting last night a motion of no confidence in me was passed. 

And Gavin Shuker, Labour MP for Luton South, (pictured at a protest outside Parliament in 2014) also lost a no confidence vote last night

The Labour MP Gavin Shuker vowed to stay on in parliament despite the vote 

Labour moderate Mike Gapes  hit out at the Iranian propaganda channel Press TV for tweeting a video of people celebrating as Joan Ryan’s vote was announced 

Former Labour frontbencher Owen Smith said all Labour supporters should be worried that Press TV had got the clip and was jubilantly tweeting it

‘It’s not part of any formal procedure, so it changes nothing about my role as Labour MP for Luton South.’

He added: ‘I’ve not changed, but the Labour Party has.’

Labour Friends of Israel rallied to the defence of their chairwoman, tweeting: ‘Our chair Joan Ryan is one of the most decent, courageous and principled people in British politics. 

‘Nothing about tonight’s vote changes that fact.’

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Education Trust, said: ‘We are lucky to have such a strong advocate in Joan Ryan.  

‘A strong supporter of the Holocaust Education Trust, Joan is admired and respected by our survivors and the wider community and has done so much for our cause.

Labour MP Mike Gapes, who has said he could quit the Labour party over the anti-Semitism crisis, expressed his ‘solidarity’ to his colleagues on Twitter.

And ex Labour frontbencher Owen Smith said: ‘Iranian State TV is now live-streaming Labour Party meetings, as part of their propaganda campaign against Israel. 

‘Labour members should reflect on that for a moment and ask if you are comfortable with what we are becoming in the eyes of the World.’      

What is the timeline of anti-Semitic scandals which have erupted under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership?

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) has been accused of failing to tackle the racism among his supporters 

The anti-Semitism scandal has dogged Labour since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader  in 2015.

Here is a timeline of the controversies: 

April 2016:

Labour MP Naz Shah is suspended for anti-Semitic posts – including one in which she appeared to endorse calls for Israelis to be deported to the US. 

She apologised and was given a formal warning.  

Ken Livingstone goes on the radio to defend Ms Shah – but sparks fresh controversy by claiming that Hitler supported Zionism. 

He is suspended by Labour but refuses to apologise and has repeated the claim many times.

He eventually quits Labour two years later, saying his suspension has become a distraction.

June 2016: 

A two-month inquiry by civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti finds that Labour is not overrun by anti-Semitism. 

But the launch is overshadowed when Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth flees it in tears after being accused by Corbyn supporter Marc Wadsworth of colluding with the press.

Critics accuse the report of being a whitewash and Ms Chakrabarti is widely criticised for accepting a peerage from Jeremy Corbyn shortly afterwards.

October 2016: 

The Home Affairs Select Committee says Labour is guilty of incompetence over its handling of anti-Semitism and of creating a safe space for people with ‘vile attitudes towards Jewish people’.

March 2018: 

It is revealed that Jeremy Corbyn defended an artist who painted an anti-Semitic mural and said the offensive art should be removed.

He apologises saying he did not properly look at the picture before he made the post.

Jewish leaders take the unprecedented step of holding a demonstration outside Parliament protesting Mr Corbyn’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism.

Several Labour MPs address the crowds.

April 2018:

Marc Wadsworth is expelled from Labour after being accused of anti-Semitism. 

Meanwhile, Labour Jewish MPs tell of the anti-Semitic abuse they have suffered in a powerful parliamentary debate – and round on their leader for failing to tackle it. 

July 2018:

The Labour leadership sparks fresh anger by failing to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism

Peter Willsman, a strong ally of Jeremy Corbyn, is secretly taped ranting that Jewish ‘Trump fanatics’ invented the anti-Semitism storm engulfing Labour. 

In an angry diatribe at a meeting of Labour’s ruling executive committee, he said he was ‘amazed’ there was evidence party members hated Jews.

He claimed ‘some of these people in the Jewish community support Trump – they are Trump fanatics’ before shouting: ‘So I am not going to be lectured to by Trump fanatics making up duff information without any evidence at all.’

August 2018:

Jeremy Corbyn issues a video insisting he is committed to tackling the racism – but it is panned by Jewish leaders.

Corbynistas mount a social media campaign to get deputy Labour leader Tom Watson to quit after he criticises the party’s handling of anti-Semitism. 

The Daily Mail exclusively publishes photos of Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath at a ceremony where a terrorist linked to the Munich massacre was honoured.

The Labour leader insists he was there to honour others killed – but faces fresh calls to quit over the scandal. 

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