Labour councillors complain their MP has blocked them – but is this the reason?

Ian Byrne: now it seems Labour members who unaccountably want to deprive their constituency of the MP of the Year are trying to intimidate him and his team.

Take a look at this tweet, and the reply it provoked, from a councillor in the constituency of MP of the Year Ian Byrne.

Despite winning the award for his excellent work, Byrne is facing an uphill struggle to be re-selected as the Labour candidate for Liverpool West Derby – because it seems the party’s leaders are deliberately trying to prevent it.

This Site reported on November 5 that

Labour has rescinded Mr Byrne’s access to Organise, the communication facility between the party hierarchy and its members.

His rival in the campaign – a shiny Wes Streeting-a-like from London – does have access to the tool and therefore has a huge advantage over Mr Byrne, who is reduced to trying to resource his reselection campaign on the social media.

Now this:

Nicola James makes a good point. Why would anybody think the MP of the Year is not worth re-selecting? That’s the first indication that something is amiss with Cllr Doyle’s complaint. As for the comment about abusive behaviour… well, here’s what Byrne himself has to say about it:

So he says he suffered intimidation from people including local politicians and will be taking up the matter, not just with the local authority but with the police as well.

This casts an entirely different light on Cllr Doyle’s words, it seems.

It also appears that right-wingers among the Labour members in the West Derby constituency are spreading what Byrne himself has described as myths about him, in a bid to persuade gullible colleagues that he’s not worth their vote. An astonishing claim about the MP of the Year!

Here’s his response, killing these claims with the facts:

For those of you who can’t read images, here’s what the text says:


Sometimes during a campaign, facts get lost. Several West Derby members have made me aware of what they consider to be, at best, ‘odd’ conversations with representatives of other candidates over recent weeks.

In order to ensure there are no misunderstandings and that all West Derby members have access to the facts, I have put together this simple mythbuster to clarify a few points:

  • I voted Remain in the EU ref, not Brexit (as members inform me, they have been told by other campaigns). I also 100% respected the outcome of the vote.
  • My office was not closed for my first year in the role as MP. I set up a highly visible and accessible, brand new MP’s office in Tuebrook, one of the poorest wards in our constituency. Within the first few months of the role, I, like everyone, was subject to Covid-19 rules which I followed. My office was open 8am – 6pm durinq the pandemic but subject to the same lockdown and social distancing rules as everyone else.
    Myself and my team worked non-stop during the pandemic and supported West Derby constituents in so many different ways. I sadly had to close the office to the public again earlier this year as a security precaution, due to frightening death threats made against myself, team and family by a far-right extremist posing outside the office. This does not mean myself and my team are not working, we are, all day, every day, for the people of West Derby.
  • As the MP for West Derby I am responsible for many things, all of which I take very seriously. Councillors have primary jurisdiction over local council issues such as traffic, potholes, dog muck and street lighting. Within West Derby, each ward has three local councillors who I support and encourage to carry out their roles fully.*
  • I am not obsessed with foodbanks. I am however committed to ending the need for foodbanks, and I make no apology for that. Please look at my work on the Right To Food campaign to see how I am challenging the need for the very existence of foodbanks:

Thank you for your time.

Ian Byrne, MP Liverpool West Derby*Please see separate statement issued 13. 11.2022 regarding intimidation

Looking at Byrne’s preface to his statement, it seems clear that he’s saying “fair play and integrity” are no longer part of the Labour leadership’s skillset.

Perhaps, instead of trying to remove MPs who have those qualities – like Byrne himself – party members across the UK should concentrate on ridding their organisation of the parasites that have infested its head office instead.

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2 thoughts on “Labour councillors complain their MP has blocked them – but is this the reason?

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    Corbyn they pushed out and many more the rest who are true labour are now getting the push while the electorate who vote labour go around with blinkers on its either we don’t vote labour or another party is made but with some on the net SB there is a stammer lover and people like him allow these parasites to prosper wait for those now m to attack whot I say

  2. mohandeer

    We desperately need a Democratic Socialist Party.
    What is now becoming very evident is the fact that Starmer does not care whether the Labour Party he hijacked wins the next election. He is an odious, deceitful, privileged and elitist entitled **** and no better than the Tories.
    Starmer still gets a good whack of a salary and his super pension for life just for being an MP so life is good for someone who is so useless. As leader of the Opposition, he doesn’t need to win because he will still have a job regardless.He has no principles, is totally dishonest and without any integrity, but more importantly, knows he has no answers to the problems we face currently without referring back to Corbynomics which would be too embarrassing for this narcissist. His answer, therefore, is to do a lot of hand wringing when Labour loses the election, all the while blaming it on somebody, anybody, for his failures, while privately gleeful that he doesn’t have to run a country in the times ahead and be seen as a failure.
    I have already made my mind up with the next election and do not intend to vote for either Labour under Starmer and his coterie, or Tories so that neither can have a majority, thereby ensuring we have a hung parliament.
    Unless the Unions request their members withhold their Labour Party element of their Union dues and a Democratic Labour Party with other Socialist groups and the working class dissatisfied Labour members is formed, I will not vote for a blue or Tory Lite Labour Party. I didn’t vote for Blair out of principle – that man was also a liar and narcissistic charlatan.
    I don’t see any point in voting for someone who is totally dishonest, incompetent and deceitful just to get rid of an already existing totally dishonest, incompetent and deceitful prick already in power.

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