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Margaret Hodge re-selected by her local Labour Party

Dame Margaret tweeted a picture of herself surrounded by colleagues, with a one word message: ‘Victory!’

Margaret Hodge (Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/PA)
Margaret Hodge (Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/PA)

By Padraig Collins, PA

Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge has been re-selected by her local Labour Party to run for the seat of Barking.

Dame Margaret tweeted a picture of herself surrounded by colleagues, with a one word message: Victory!

Her Labour colleague Ruth Smeeth (Stoke-on-Trent North) raised a point of order in the Commons to announce that Dame Margaret had been re-selected.

Ms Smeeth, parliamentary chair 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 is an “anti-Semite and racist”.

Dame Margaret was forced into the re-selection fight after activists in her constituency voted for the chance to pick a new candidate.

I am delighted she remains a Labour candidate at the next general election Ruth Smeeth

At the time, Labour’s former deputy leader Harriet Harman said she was “dismayed more than I can say” by the vote.

She tweeted: “Margaret Hodge, scourge of tax avoiders, racists and anti-Semitism. Champion of progressive policies. Hyperactive local MP. Surely this cannot stand!”

Dame Margaret was the second Labour MP to be “triggered” through the party’s new ballot procedures which make it easier for local members to force a contest.

She said at the time that she was “disappointed” but would fight to keep her Barking seat.

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