Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has suggested that all Labour MPs will need to face reselection due to the boundary review which will take place before the 2020 General Election.
“There would be a full selection process in every constituency but the sitting MP would have an opportunity to put their name forward. So there will be a full and open selection process for every constituency Labour Party through the whole of the UK”.
Owen Smith, Corbyn’s rival for the leadership of the party, said:
“It’s not much of an employer that says, you know, work for me and work harder or I’m going to sack you all – which is effectively what he’s doing today”.
The Guardian newspaper has said that Rosie Winterton, the party’s chief whip, has written to Labour MPs following Corbyn’s comments. Winterton said in her letter:
“Colleagues will be aware that I was appointed to lead on the boundary review and that the national executive committee has already agreed the existing rules and procedure for the selection of MPs in the event of boundary changes”.