Thursday, March 20, 2008
Courtesy of Charlie Marks, here's a list of the 19 Labour MPs (plus one Independent Labour MP) who voted with the Opposition in their attempt to prevent the planned closure of 2,500 Post Offices.
Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington)
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
John Cummings (Easington)
Andrew Dismore (Hendon)
David Drew (Stroud)
Frank Field (Birkenhead)
Paul Flynn (Newport West)
John Grogan (Selby)
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington)
Eric Martlew (Carlisle)
Alan Meale (Mansfield)
Gordon Prentice (Pendle)
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South)
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale)
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South)
David Taylor (Leicestershire North West)
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen)
Independent Labour MP Bob Wareing (Liverpool West Derby)
You'll notice that among the names is that of Bob Wareing. Bob (pictured above) opposed not only the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003, but also the equally unlawful NATO aggression against Yugoslavia four years earlier.
Bob's reward for opposing illegal wars of aggression and for standing up for the interests of his predominantly working-class constituents was to be deselected and replaced by a pro-war, pro-privatisation New Labour cipher.
Let's hope that in addition to tonight's embarrassment, New Labour will face further humiliation in Liverpool West Derby on the night of the next General Election.