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Labour conference: deselecting MPs to be made easier

Labour conference: deselecting MPs to be made easier”

He stressed it was not yet party policy to have a second vote, saying: "That is not the view Jeremy and I take, what we have said and still want the conference to support is that there is a meaningful vote in Parliament on the Brexit deal and if we can't get a meaningful vote then there should be a general election".

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Mr Corbyn said: "What comes out of the conference I will adhere to".

Last week the Labour Group on Hounslow Council became one of more than 100 constituency parties to have submitted motions calling for the Labour policy on Brexit to be put to a vote. "I hope we will agree that the best way of resolving this is a general election", he said.

He told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "It seems to me inconceivable that if the Labour Party conference decides that it wants a manifesto pledge on a people's vote that we would defy that decision".

With over half a million people on its books Labour has one of the most representative memberships in United Kingdom politics, and according to recent polls, some 85 per cent of them back a vote on the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

Corbyn said that May should come to Parliament to make a statement following last week's European Union summit in Salzburg and her defiant response to the rejection of her Chequers proposals.

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at the annual Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 23, 2018.

Andrew Adonis, a Labour member of the House of Lords who supports holding a second referendum, said Labour can't sit on the sidelines while the country staggers toward political and financial chaos.

Mr Corbyn, a veteran Eurosceptic, has resisted growing demands to back a new "People's Vote" on the decision to quit the European Union, keen to keep those party members on board who voted in favour of Brexit at a 2016 referendum.

The support of the main opposition party would be a major boost to campaigners for a second vote on Brexit.

Some 81% believe their standard of living would get worse after Brexit and 89% said it would be bad for jobs.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson last night revealed he is now firmly backing "a People's Vote".

But shadow chancellor John McDonnell warned on Saturday that a second referendum could stoke racial tensions and far-right populism.

"I don't know what's going to come out of all the compositing meetings that are going on", he said.

"We would vote it down if it didn't meet our tests in order to send the government, if it is still in office, straight back to the negotiating table and if there is a general election and we are in office we would go straight to the negotiating table".

"I think the time for vagueness is over", she said. Party chiefs will decide later Sunday which motions will be up for debate and votes at the four-day conference.

"We're not ruling out a people's vote, but there's a real risk, and I think people need to take that into account when we're arguing for one".



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