Theresa May’s fear-driven decision to call a snap General Election has raised hopes among Labour members that it may be an opportunity to deselect damaging, right-wing MPs.
Those hopes require extremely fast action on the part of CLPs (constituency Labour parties), but the reality is that they may be dashed by a Labour rule that may make it impossible to move fast enough in view of the likely election timetable.
Theresa May is putting forward her election bill tomorrow, after which the queen will issue a formal proclamation dissolving Parliament in readiness for the election, although it is not yet clear – as the Fixed Term Parliaments Act has never been tested in this way before – how quickly she will do so.
Deselection of a sitting MP is, according to the Labour rulebook, achieved via the complicated process of a ‘trigger ballot’, which is dealt with in Chapter 5…
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