Hull North MP Diana Johnson, 2018’s Backbencher of the Year, has vowed to fight to stay in the seat she won 14 years ago after a “small number” of constituency party members called for a new ballot. Ms Johnson campaigned to stay in the EU ahead of the 2016 referendum but Hull is one of the biggest Leave areas in Britain with 67.6 percent voting for Brexit.
She voted in favour of triggering Article 50 back in February 2017 but has since voted to block a no deal Brexit.
She has not been a regular critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn but some local members are understood to have been angered by her Remainer views in such a heavily eurosceptic region.
Ms Johnson said: “I am disappointed to have been triggered for an open selection by a small number of members, especially when overall the majority of Hull North constituency Labour party members have so far voted to reselect me.
Mr North said: “Kingston-upon-Hull North Constituency Labour Party is currently part-way through a process of consulting the local membership on whether they would prefer to automatically reselect our sitting MP, Diana Johnson, or to move to an open selection in which Diana Johnson would automatically be a candidate.
“Branches of the local party are making a decision on this, within the rules of the Labour Party.
“We have a number of branches yet to make a decision and it would be improper to announce the results of completed ballots before all branches have had the chance to discuss this matter.