Yesterday #expelmetoo began trending on Twitter as furious Labour members dared the party to kick them out after Mr Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell was expelled for voting for the Lib Dems in the European elections. Hundreds of party members who have backed Labour for decades showed their support to Mr Campbell by sharing anecdotes of ticking the box for other parties. Other prominent Labour members have since revealed they too backed the Lib Dems and other pro-Remain parties at last week’s EU-wide poll, and it appears Mrs Blair is among them.
Mrs Blair’s alleged vote for the Liberal Democrats broke on Twitter, with Shehab Khan, a political reporter for ITV News, writing: “NEW: Sources close to Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, tell me she voted for the Liberal Democrats at the European elections and not Labour.
“She is currently a Labour Party member.”
However, separate sources would only confirm she did not vote Labour – but did vote in the EU elections.
On Tuesday Mr Campbell was expelled from the Labour Party after he revealed he voted for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections.
The former communication chief and supporter of a second referendum said he was “sad and disappointed” by the decision.
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Shadow minister Dawn Butler said members who admitted voting for another party were “automatically excluded”, saying “it’s just part of the rule book. Everyone knows that”.
Ms Butler is likely to have referred to chapter 2, “Membership rules” of the Labour Party rule book, where paragraph 4 discusses exclusion.
Paragraph 4B states: “A member of the Party who joins and/ or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the Party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate, or publicly declares their intent to stand against a Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a Party member, subject to the provisions of Chapter 6.I.2 below of the disciplinary rules.”
Mr Campbell has said he will appeal against the decision to expel him from the party.
Following the decision to kick Mr Campbell out of the party, other Labour party members have come forward, saying they voted for other parties in the European elections as well.
Former Labour ministers Charles Clarke and Bob Ainsworth revealed that they did not vote Labour during last week’s elections either.
It is not clear whether the two former Labour ministers will face expulsion as well, but Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure as his deputy leader Tom Watson spoke out against Mr Campbell’s expulsion yesterday.
Cherie Blair’s office has been approached for comment.