Ken Livingstone.

There’s a fairly big problem with this: Jeremy Corbyn had been defying the Labour whip, on and off, for decades before becoming leader.

Besides, a top-down edict on whether an MP should be deselected or not would be undemocratic. It should always be a matter for constituency parties to decide who they want representing them.

Of course, that should not be too serious an obstacle, considering the size of Mr Corbyn’s victory last month. Constituency parties that are now full of Corbyn supporters would naturally feel unrepresented if their MP consistently voted against him in Parliament.

Labour MPs who repeatedly defy Jeremy Corbyn by voting against the party’s agreed position in the House of Commons should face a reselection challenge in their constituencies, Ken Livingstone has said.

The former London mayor, who has been a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn for three decades, said it was right that the Labour party should be remodelled to take account of the emphatic result in the leadership contest.

The warning by Livingstone, which contrasted with a more emollient tone by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, came as the Labour backbencher Simon Danczuk said he was prepared to stand against Corbyn as a stalking horse candidate next summer, if the party suffers setbacks in the May elections.

Source: MPs who regularly defy Labour whip should face reselection, says Livingstone | Politics | The Guardian

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