MP Chris Leslie defended by Liberal Democrats after vote of no confidence

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PICTURED: Chris Leslie MP

A local Liberal Democrat group has criticised the vote of no confidence by the Mapperley branch of the Labour Party in Chris Leslie, their MP for Nottingham East.

The branch passed a vote of no confidence in Mr Leslie for what it sees as his opposition to Jeremy Corbyn.

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PICTURED: Chris Leslie MP

It means the larger Nottingham East Labour group will now hold a constituency-wide vote of Labour members to decide whether to pass a broader vote of no confidence.

Mr Leslie said his party had been ‘infiltrated by intolerant hard left elements’ and that, following two similar votes about other MPs, the moves were being orchestrated nationally.



Now, the Nottingham Liberal Democrats have said the actions of the Mapperley branch were ‘for the few, not the many.”

They also agreed with Mr Leslie in saying hard left elements were behind the move.

A statement from the Nottingham City Liberal Democrat branch says: “Across the country unelected Momentum activists have been going round encouraging backroom deals to attempt removal of sitting MPs.

“When an MP is elected with over 70 percent of the vote as Chris Leslie was in Nottingham East, it’s insulting to the electorate for a very small number of people to hold factional, closed door meetings to try to get rid of them.

“It’s further proof that the current direction of the Labour Party is for the few and not the many.

“It seems to me that a relatively small number of activists are trying to subvert the will of tens of thousands of people in constituencies across the UK and here in Nottingham, people of all parties should either recognise how our democratic system works or seek to amend it openly and not secretly.

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“The local Labour Party’s hard-left instincts seem to have blinded them to rational debate and, indeed, to a sense of basic democracy.”

It is understood that a constituency-wide vote of no confidence will take place about Mr Leslie in the coming weeks.

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