Plan to save Jeremy Corbyn’s seat faces opposition… from top Corbyn ally
Kate Osamor is unhappy with suggestions that her constituency should be carved up.
A Labour party plan to protect Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency from boundary changes has sparked a backlash from one of the leader’s trusted allies.
Kate Osamor, the shadow cabinet minister for international aid, is said to be unhappy because of the impact on other MPs – including herself.
Under plans drawn up by Labour, various London MPs would see their seats carved up in order to keep Corbyn’s Islington North constituency intact.
Labour claims that its counter-proposals to the Boundary Commission "better respect local community links and ties". But there is mounting concern among Labour MPs that the party is disregarding all other considerations in order to ensure that the leader's seat is left unchanged.
Now, Osamor is said to have taken matters into her own hands by turning up at a public meeting at Havering town hall and making her views known. According to The Guardian Osamor was “sympathetic to the idea of protecting Corbyn but was furious about the way that the party put it into action”.
The Boundary Commission initially proposed that one chunk of Corbyn’s Islington North constituency should be shifted into Diane Abbott’s neighbouring Hackney seat. Another chunk would be moved into new constituency of Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington, under the original plans.
A leaked document outlining Labour’s response to the boundary changes shows that the central aim is to protect Corbyn’s seat against the proposals to carve it it up.
The party’s counter-proposal keeps Corbyn’s constituency intact but instead hits other London MPs. Osamor’s constituency is to be split into three under the proposals, while David Lammy would also be affected in Tottenham as would Joan Ryan in Enfield North.
A Labour party spokesperson said: “As part of the Boundary Commission’s consultation process, the Labour party have put forward counter-proposals that better respect local community links and ties. These proposals have been agreed by the NEC after a wide-ranging consultation with local parties.”
Osamor has not spoken publicly about the issue and she declined to comment when approached by the Guardian.
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