LABOUR MP JONES TO BACK RIVAL PARTY
Maverick backbench MP Lynne Jones has dropped a heavy hint that her leaving present to Labour when stands down at the next election will be to vote for a rival party.
Jones is quitting as member of parliament for Selly Oak, but boundary changes mean that she now lives in the reconstituted Hall Green constituency – and as such, her loyalties might be expected to lie with Roger Godsiff, currently MP for Sparkbrook and Small Heath.
But in a speech at Westminster Hall yesterday, she implied that she would support either Liberal Democrat Jerry Evans or Respect’s Salma Yaqoob, in what is widely regarded as a three horse race.
Jones said: “. I was not happy with the endorsement of the Labour candidate in that constituency.
“Because there is no risk of the Tories winning that seat, I may allow myself a little tactical voting by supporting the candidate who most shares my values.”
The news will be a godsend to Godsiff’s opponents, and The Stirrer Forum is abuzz with rumours about whether she’s backing Yaqoob or Evans.