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TRIBUTES FOR MP JONES AS SHE QUITS

13-01-2007

Fellow Labour MP's have been paying tribute to Birmingham Selly Oak MP Lynne Jones who on Monday will announce her decision to stand down at the next election.

Lynne Jones MP

As we revealed on this site yesterday, Jones will retire thanks partly to a genuine desire to spend more time with her family, and partly because faces a tough battle for re-selection against Steve McCabe in a newly merged South Birmingham seat.

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood was a fellow councillor in Birmingham in the 80's and recalls “The Night Of The Long Knives” when a group of “Trots” - of which Jones was one - attempted to oust the then leader Sir Richard Knowles.

The rebels were threatened with expulsion from the party but Jones survived and went on to become MP for Selly Oak in 1992, going against the Blairite grain with her quaint belief in socialism.

Khalid said: “I think she's been a very hard-working MP for her constituency. I might not have agreed with her all the time, but I take off my hat to her. She has genuine convictions, and has fought hard for them.”

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson had a similar view, saying; “She's been a tenacious colleage and I'll miss her even though we disagree on many things. People did respect her.”

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