Labour’s Rachel Reeves said there is now a by-election in Bury South ‘not how our democracy works’ and has instead called for a general election
MP Christian Wakeford, of Bury South, has said he will not call a by-election after defecting from the Labor Party, while senior Labor figures have instead called for a general election. elected.
Summary: 5 main points
- Christian Wakeford defected from the Conservatives to switch to Labor yesterday (January 19) after negotiating with Keir Starmer’s party for “months” over the move, citing the ‘partisan’ scandal just the most recent contributing factor
- In September 2020, Wakeford of the then Conservative party co-signed and voted on the Revoking MPs Bill (Changing Party Alignment), which would introduce a mandatory repeal when a parliament change party.
- Several senior Labor figures, including deputy leader Angela Rayner and shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves have called for a general election, but the party has said it opposes a by-election in Bury South, in when some senior Conservatives said there should be a by-election
- The bill, which was not passed in parliament last time and was not delivered, was introduced by MP Anthony Mangnall and co-signed by a number of Conservative MPs enlisted in 2019, including Wakeford.
- Wakeford became the first Conservative MP to flee Labor since Quentin Davies in 2007, while the last Labor MP to cross the aisle and join the Tories was Reg Prentice, in October 1977.
What was said?
Congressman Anthony Mangnall, when introducing the Bill in 2020, referred to “septic tank cleaning trucks” in this constituency with the words “full of political promise”.
“The truck encapsulates the prevailing view that political promises are not worthy of being written on paper and that politicians are not to be trusted,” he said.
“Every generation of politicians has made this statement. It was definitely done in 2011, and I’m doing it nine years later, and I think I can argue with more certainty that that’s the case. Last year, 17 Members of Parliament passed through this Floor, leaving behind the parties they were elected to represent. That did more than it had done in the previous 16 years, and none of them consulted their constituents.
“In effect, that stripped the 1.2 million electors out of their 17 seats for the duration of that Parliament. While we are not here to follow every directive from the party leadership — and I should know — to resign from the party we were elected to represent in order to campaign for policies diametrically opposite to those of the party leadership. The books we are elected to support clearly violate the spirit of the contract between us and our members.
“The unwritten bond between us and our voters is why I proposed this Measure.
Asked on GMB whether a by-election should be held, Prime Minister Rachel Reeves said: “I want to see a general election and I think we’ll take Bury South, Bury North and many areas. Other elections across the country are back in the hands of Labor.”
“We vote for a member of parliament for your constituency, whose name is on the ballot, and as Christian Wakeford has said and as Keir Starmer has said, Labor has changed and the Conservatives have changed. also.”
“There won’t be a by-election in Bury South, that’s not how our democracy works,” she added.
https://www.nationalworld.com/news/politics/christian-wakeford-backed-bill-that-would-see-defecting-mps-face-a-recall-petition-and-possibly-a-by-election-3534918 Christian Wakeford backs bill that would see defected MPs face a recall petition and possibly a by-election