Luciana Berger

Motions of no self-confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have actually been taken out by her regional celebration after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has actually been a movie critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s positions on anti-Semitism as well as Brexit.

Activists had actually charged the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn yet numerous Labour MPs sustained her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” as well as “bullying”.

A resource near the Labour management claimed drawing the self-confidence vote was the appropriate choice.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, that is likewise Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” as well as claimed it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had actually been to anti-Semitism

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier stimulated a reaction from advocates of the MP by recommending she must have promised commitment to Labour as well as claiming she had actually been connected to a declared Labour “breakaway” celebration.

‘Intolerable’

In a declaration after the activities were initially advanced, Ms Berger claimed she would certainly deal with anti-Semitism anywhere she located it, consisting of in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s replacement leader Tom Watson contacted the celebration’s basic assistant Jennie Formby, requiring the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be put on hold.

He composed: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An e-mail has actually currently been sent out to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party participants, informing them that the conference prepared for following Sunday has actually been terminated.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it claimed.

Votes of no self-confidence lug no main pressure within the Labour Party, yet regional lobbyists can hold a “trigger ballot”, where resting Labour MPs can be compelled to complete for choice as a prospect versus all-comers, in advance of the following basic political election.

Ms Berger has actually been the target of on the internet misuse as well as had an authorities companion finally year’s Labour Party seminar complying with fatality dangers.

Earlier today, she signed up with various other MPs at a conference of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger restated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, as well as claimed that, as a Jewish female standing for a city with a Jewish area, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, asserting it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband as well as noticeable backbencher Yvette Cooper were amongst a variety of her associates to reveal their assistance for Ms Berger after the information of a no-confidence vote damaged on Tuesday evening.

Ms Ellman, charged Mr McDonnell of assuming he as well as the celebration “would get away with this”, as well as claimed Labour had actually been “shamed” right into turning around the activities.

She informed Radio 4’s PM program that it was “as well very easy [for Labour] to disregard” to anti-Semitism as well as claimed going down the activities was”not the end of the matter”

“Anti-Semitism lives in the celebration [and] inadequate actions had actually been required to [tackle it],” she included.

Former darkness chancellor Chris Leslie claimed Mr McDonnell”should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton likewise invited the choice to draw the ballots.

He informed Radio 4’s PM program that there need to be “robust debate and discussion” at regional Labour Party conferences as opposed to activities of no self-confidence, which he was “really frustrated and angry” at just how the participants had actually acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

The Liverpool Wavertree MP has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stances on anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Activists had accused the Jewish MP of “undermining” Mr Corbyn but several Labour MPs supported her, calling it a “disgraceful episode” and “bullying”.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman, who is also Jewish, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger had been down to anti-Semitism.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

‘Intolerable’

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email has now been sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, telling them that the meeting planned for next Sunday has been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no-confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Ms Ellman, accused Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”, and said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions.

She told Radio 4’s PM programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

“Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it],” she added.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Joe Anderton also welcomed the decision to pull the votes.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.



Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

Activists in Liverpool Wavertree said Ms Berger – a critic of Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism – had been undermining Jeremy Corbyn.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour.

He said Ms Berger had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But another Labour MP in Liverpool, Louise Ellman, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger were down to anti-Semitism.

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would be not be “distracted from fighting for the interests of my constituents”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has written to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email was sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, warning them that the meeting planned for next Sunday had been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

MP’s ‘long-held view’

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

But Mr McDonnell faced a backlash after he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the motions came about because Ms Berger is “associated” with rumours of a new centrist party being formed, and it was “an expression of views” by the local party.

He said: “My advice to Luciana is just tell people you are not supporting a breakaway party, you are sticking with the Labour Party, you are not jumping ship.

“And my advice to the Labour Party members there is if there are differences of opinion there, get together, talk about it and see how you can support the campaign alongside your local MP.”

Ms Ellman said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions after accusing Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”.

She told Radio 4’s Today programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

She added: “Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it].”

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

And Labour MP Ian Austin – who faced suspension after a row over the party’s anti-Semitism codetold PoliticsHome: “It’s like something out of the Soviet Union’s show trials where people were let off if they confessed their disloyalty and shouted ‘Long Live Stalin’.”

The decision to pull the motions was welcome by the Mayor of Liverpool, Labour’s Joe Anderton.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.

The mayor also warned that the Liverpool Wavertree party was “becoming a voice that isn’t representative of the wider constituency”.

Ms Berger is not the first Labour MP to have faced a no confidence vote from their local parties over their views on Brexit. Others include Frank Field – who now represents Birkenhead as an independent MP – and Kate Hoey.

Conservative Nick Boles also believes his constituency party in Grantham and Stamford is looking to oust him as a candidate at the next election.

Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

Activists in Liverpool Wavertree said Ms Berger – a critic of Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism – had been undermining Jeremy Corbyn.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour.

He said Ms Berger had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party.

A source close to the Labour leadership said pulling the confidence vote was the right decision.

But another Labour MP in Liverpool, Louise Ellman, called it “an absolutely disgraceful episode” and said it was “very clear the attacks” on Ms Berger were down to anti-Semitism.

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would be not be “distracted from fighting for the interests of my constituents”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has written to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email was sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, warning them that the meeting planned for next Sunday had been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

MP’s ‘long-held view’

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, and said that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, she was “deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn… to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”, claiming it was being “wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

But Mr McDonnell faced a backlash after he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the motions came about because Ms Berger is “associated” with rumours of a new centrist party being formed, and it was “an expression of views” by the local party.

He said: “My advice to Luciana is just tell people you are not supporting a breakaway party, you are sticking with the Labour Party, you are not jumping ship.

“And my advice to the Labour Party members there is if there are differences of opinion there, get together, talk about it and see how you can support the campaign alongside your local MP.”

Ms Ellman said Labour had been “shamed” into reversing the motions after accusing Mr McDonnell of thinking he and the party “would get away with this”.

She told Radio 4’s Today programme that it was “too easy [for Labour] to turn a blind eye” to anti-Semitism and said dropping the motions was “not the end of the matter”.

She added: “Anti-Semitism is alive in the party [and] insufficient steps had been taken to [tackle it].”

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.

And Labour MP Ian Austin – who faced suspension after a row over the party’s anti-Semitism codetold PoliticsHome: “It’s like something out of the Soviet Union’s show trials where people were let off if they confessed their disloyalty and shouted ‘Long Live Stalin’.”

The decision to pull the motions was welcome by the Mayor of Liverpool, Labour’s Joe Anderton.

He told Radio 4’s PM programme that there should be “robust debate and discussion” at local Labour Party meetings instead of motions of no confidence, and that he was “really frustrated and angry” at how the members had acted.

The mayor also warned that the Liverpool Wavertree party was “becoming a voice that isn’t representative of the wider constituency”.

Ms Berger is not the first Labour MP to have faced a no confidence vote from their local parties over their views on Brexit. Others include Frank Field – who now represents Birkenhead as an independent MP – and Kate Hoey.

Conservative Nick Boles also believes his constituency party in Grantham and Stamford is looking to oust him as a candidate at the next election.

Luciana Berger

Motions of no confidence in Labour MP Luciana Berger have been withdrawn by her local party after a bitter row.

Activists in Liverpool Wavertree said Ms Berger – a critic of Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism and Brexit – had been undermining Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell defended the move, sparking fierce criticism from MPs supporting Ms Berger.

The two motions have now been pulled.

A source close to the Labour leadership said it was the right decision.

In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would be not be “distracted from fighting for the interests of my constituents”.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has written to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended.

He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.”

An email was sent to Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party members, warning them that the meeting planned for next Sunday had been cancelled.

“This is because the two motions to be discussed have both been withdrawn by the members who proposed them,” it said.

Votes of no confidence carry no official force within the Labour Party, but local activists could hold a “trigger ballot”, where sitting Labour MPs can be forced to compete for selection as a candidate against all-comers, ahead of the next general election.

MP’s ‘long-held view’

Ms Berger has been the target of online abuse and had a police escort at last year’s Labour Party conference following death threats.

Earlier this week, she joined other MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party calling for details on the party’s efforts to tackle anti-Semitism to be released.

Ms Berger reiterated her “long-held view that Brexit will be a disaster for the people of Liverpool Wavertree and the wider country”, saying she would “not shy away from standing up” for her Remain-voting constituency.

And she said she had made “no secret that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, I have been deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn as party leader and many in the wider leadership of the party to the anti-Semitism that stains our party”.

Ms Berger added: “Nothing will deter me from exposing anti-Semitism wherever it festers, including in the Labour Party where it is being wilfully ignored.”

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, deputy leader Tom Watson and prominent backbencher Yvette Cooper were among a number of her colleagues to express their support for Ms Berger after the news of a no confidence vote broke on Tuesday night.

Mr McDonnell faced a backlash after he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the motion came about because Ms Berger is “associated” with rumours of a new centrist party being formed.

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie said Mr McDonnell “should never have allowed his allies to have gone after Luciana like that in the first place”.