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Conor McGinn suspended from Labour under new rules. Will it be poetic justice?

Suspended: Conor McGinn.

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An MP who was believed to have co-ordinated a series of resignations from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet in 2016, in an effort to undermine the then-Labour leader, is now facing disciplinary proceedings under new rules.

The new procedures were brought in by current leader Keir Starmer to make Labour seem more responsive to complaints, after the party was criticised for apparently being unresponsive to allegations of anti-Semitism during Mr Corbyn’s time as leader.

It is ironic, because any lack of response had been shown to be due to foot-dragging by right-wing factionalists at Labour’s head office who were trying to drag Mr Corbyn down. Now the procedures their actions hustled in may bring down a right-wing factionalist.

McGinn himself was said to have “choreographed” the flurry of resignations in the summer of 2016, according to Sophy Ridge of Sky News.

It was significant because at that time he was one of Mr Corbyn’s Whips – tasked with ensuring party discipline.

Some might say he had been an unsafe choice for Mr Corbyn because he was part of a network of Blairite Labour politicians who had opposed Corbyn’s leadership of the party from the beginning.

Despite his role in the so-called ‘Chicken Coup’, McGinn did not resign for another four months, finally leaving his Corbyn-appointed role in October 2016, after a couple more very odd incidents, as described by This Site at the time:

This is the man who, in an article on PoliticsHome titled I can no longer tolerate Jeremy Corbyn’s hypocrisy, claimed fellow whips had told him the Labour leader had threatened to telephone his father, a former Sinn Fein councillor, over comments made by Mr McGinn (Jr) in an interview.

It very quickly transpired that none of his allegations are substantiated by factual evidence. There is no record of the content of the call he allegedly received from the Whips’ Office and he does not say how “it transpired” that Mr Corbyn was going to phone his dad.

Shortly afterwards, Mr McGinn was embroiled in a row with his own Constituency Labour Party members, after a group of women was excluded from a meeting to discuss a vote of confidence in Mr Corbyn.

It would appear that this group of members had been fed incorrect information about the venue for a CLP meeting; that McGinn and local councillors/delegates had conducted the meeting behind locked doors, and when questioned shrugged off members’ genuine concerns.

But in his report to the police – yes, the police – about the incident, and in a subsequent article on PoliticsHome, it seems Mr McGinn claimed that a group of thugs had ransacked his office and threatened him so severely that he required police protection.

What? I mean, that last claim was bizarre in the extreme.

Details of the allegation against McGinn have not been provided.

As he has lost the Labour whip, he will sit as an Independent MP – although one doubts that he will choose to seat himself next to fellow Independent and former Labour MP… Jeremy Corbyn.

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Was Conor Burns in line for a peerage as a payoff for silence?

Conor Burns, the formerly-Tory MP who was sacked from the government and suspended from the Conservative whip after an alleged altercation with another man’s thigh, was in line for elevation to the House of Lords by Boris Johnson, it seems.

The reason?

Well, we don’t know for sure – but the smart money says it’s because he was the one who burst in on Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds (as she was then) while he was allegedly (again) having an extra-marital canoodle with her in a government office, some years ago.

Burns didn’t spill the beans on this one, although details emerged later.

It’s a deeply dodgy reason for sending anyone to the Upper Chamber of Parliament – especially somebody who may have a record of sexual inappropriateness.

Yes indeed: sordid.

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The shabby story of Conor Burns

Conor Burns.

A Tory minister was unceremoniously sacked from his government job and suspended as a Conservative MP amid claims of misconduct that have yet to be entirely clarified – two days later.

Conor Burns, who was a friend of the late Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher in her later years, was dumped by the party on Friday.

It has since been suggested that the claims concern Burns touching another man’s thigh in a Birmingham hotel bar during the Conservative Party conference last week:

Allies of the MP claim he had injured his ribs the weekend before the party conference and was on heavy medication to manage the pain.

They suggested the prescribed medicine made the effect of the alcohol worse.

It is not disputed by the former minister’s friends that he had been drinking or that he flirted with the young man who had joined him, who, we understand, was not known to Mr Burns.

The MP was sufficiently drunk that he had to later be taken back to his hotel by a friend.

We understand that Mr Burns is strongly of the view that the flirting was consensual, but the BBC has not yet spoken to the man the former minister was with to hear his account of events.

Burns has protested his innocence – but this produced an unexpected knock-on effect:

Professor Tim Wilson has vlogged about this, and raises an interesting question: is this just a ‘dead cat’ to distract attention from Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng?

He provides further analysis here:

I think we can all agree with his final sentiment.

We should all be truly ashamed of the Conservative Party.

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