Vocal Jeremy Corbyn critic Dame Margaret Hodge has seen off an attempt by hard-Left followers of the Labour leader to kick her out of her seat.
The Jewish MP for Barking faced an attempt to de-select her last night ahead of a widely anticipated pre-Christmas general election.
But the 75-year-old, who has repeatedly clashed with the party leadership about growing anti-Semitism in Labour ranks, overcame a ‘trigger’ motion with a clear majority of local members.
She tweeted a picture of herself on stage with supporters with the message: ‘Victory!’
It is the latest in a series of selection setbacks for the far left of Labour.
— Margaret Hodge (@margarethodge) October 28, 2019
Dame Margaret’s colleague Ruth Smeeth, parliamentary chairwoman of the Jewish Labour Movement, said: ‘I just want to put on record the fact that Margaret Hodge, the honourable (member) for Barking, has been re-selected this evening, against an appalling attack by members of our party and I am delighted she remains a Labour candidate at the next general election.’
Labour had been accused of anti-Semitism when Dame Margaret Hodge was told she would face a re-selection battle in her east London constituency.
An outspoken critic of Jeremy Corbyn, on one occasion Dame Margaret told Mr Corbyn to his face that he was an ‘anti-Semite and racist’.