Voting rule change led to skinner exit

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Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner has said that a change in voting rules is responsible for him being voted off the party’s National Executive Committee by fellow MPs.

The 82-year-old left-winger, who has been in the Commons since 1970, lost his place on the NEC to former minister John Healey in a ballot of the Parliamentary Labour Party, sparking heavy criticism from supporters.

But the Bolsover MP said that a recent rule change in national executive voting procedure now meant that not just back bench MPs voted in the ballot, but that ministers and whips had also been given a say.


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