Labour MP Kate Hoey, who took a donation from UKIP’s main funder, is denounced by her constituency party

On the right: Kate Hoey.

Kate Hoey has come under suspicion because of her membership of Labour Leave, the Brexit-supporting organisation that donated £18,500 to UKIP after the EU referendum campaign.

Ms Hoey appeared on the BBC’s Daily Politics to say that the money was merely a repayment of costs for the Leave.EU referendum campaign – but this claim was swiftly debunked by the Electoral Commission, which registered the cash as a donation to UKIP.

Now it seems UKIP donor-in-chief Arron Banks has handed Ms Hoey a £5,000 donation.

Consider the following, from the Evolve Politics article about this donation: “It is surprising that she would choose to accept a personal donation from a man with such close connections to the UKIP leadership, and whose personal political convictions would seem to be at odds with the values of the Labour Party and the wider labour movement.

“While Hoey and Banks both wanted the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, it would not be unreasonable to assume that they wished to do so from quite different perspectives.

“With the views of Banks being anathema to the vast majority of individuals involved in the Labour movement, how could Hoey possibly come to the conclusion that accepting the donation, however small, would be appropriate?”

In this context, does it not seem perfectly reasonable that the members of Vauxhall Constituency Labour Party might wish to reconsider whether she is an appropriate choice to represent them?

The Evening Standard article is guilty of misdirection, by the way. Considering her apparent sympathies, it would seem inappropriate to describe Ms Hoey as a “centrist” MP.

She seems entirely right-wing to This Writer. One has to wonder how she was ever chosen to represent Labour.

Brexit-backing London Labour MP Kate Hoey has been denounced by her own local party in a public statement.

Vauxhall Labour Party said she was at odds with local members by not opposing the government enough about child refugees and the residency rights of EU nationals when the UK leaves the EU.

“On these issues we do not believe that our Member of Parliament is effectively representing the views of either our members or our wider communities,” it said, saying the statement was agreed at a meeting of all members.

The attack will increase fears among MPs that grass roots Labour activists are preparing to target centrist MPs for deselection.

Source: Brexit MP Kate Hoey denounced by her own constituency party

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2 thoughts on “Labour MP Kate Hoey, who took a donation from UKIP’s main funder, is denounced by her constituency party

  1. Ted Alleyne

    Hoey’s more of an oddball eccentric than a right winger or centrist. She supported John McDonnell & Diane Abbot’s leadership bids, and voted against the Labour government on Iraq, foundation hospitals, university tuition and top-up fees, ID cards and extended detention without trial. On the other hand she wants stricter controls on immigration, tougher welfare reform, withdrawal from the European Union, English Votes for English Laws, grammar schools, marriage tax allowances, free schools and academies. Like I say, oddball.

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