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Staying put: Frank Field.

He may have resigned the Labour whip, but Frank Field won’t be giving his constituents the luxury of a by-election – no matter what his partner-in-propping-up-the-Tories, Kate Hoey, says.

Responding to a claim by Owen Jones that Mr Field chose to sit as an independent because his constituency party wanted him deselected after he helped save Theresa May’s government in a crucial Brexit vote, Ms Hoey – who supported the Tories alongside Mr Field – said he would be re-elected easily because his constituents support him:

But the facts are against her. As Tom Clark of Another Angry Voice points out – it didn’t work out very well for Simon Danczuk when he tried:

People vote for Labour candidates because they support Labour policies. They don’t support people who betray those policies. That is why Mr Field’s constituency party turned against him – and it why the constituents of Birkenhead would turn against him too:

And of course, if Ms Hoey is so sure of herself, why doesn’t she try it? Her own constituency party called for the withdrawal of the Labour whip and her deselection as a Labour MP in a vote of ‘no confidence’ after she voted to support Tory Brexit.

We know why:

Talk is cheap. Judge these people by what they do – not what they say.

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