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Labour votes to make it easier to oust sitting MPs

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter, in Liverpool
Labour members have backed a move to make it easier to deselect sitting MPs.
Until now, MPs only faced an open re-selection contest if 50% of a constituency's local branches and affiliated unions voted for it.
But delegates at the party's annual conference in Liverpool backed a proposal for that threshold to be reduced to 33%.A total of 65% of members and unions backed the move, with 34% voting against.Opponents say this is part of an effort to purge "Blairites" and other critics of leader Jeremy Corbyn from the party, while supporters of the change say it will help a new generation of Labour MPs emerge.Wendy Nichols, a National Executive Committee member who chaired the debate on Monday morning, appealed for delegates not to boo when the results were revealed.There was heckling after a separate vote on Sunday."It's a democratic party," she said."The results are done by us all so please refrain from booing today."Several members expressed their discontent with the move, suggesting it did not go far enough.Many within the party support mandatory open selection contests for all MPs ahead of every election.
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