Labour MP Joan Ryan who chairs Labour Friends of Israel is facing a vote of no confidence tonight as party members in her constituency accuse her of stoking a backlash against Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism.
Joan Ryan, the MP for Enfield North who regained the marginal seat in 2015, will face a motion tonight accusing her of “smearing” Corbyn and of “fuelling and indeed inflaming” the leader’s “trial by media”.
This week she wrote to local party members saying: “I joined this party 34 years ago to fight racism. Anti-Semitism is racism. Nothing will stop me standing up and speaking out. It is my duty to do so.”
There were 300 Labour members in Enfield North before Corbyn became leader but there are now more than 1,000. Attempts were made to shelve the meeting but it has been confirmed by local residents that it is still going ahead.