A few months back, when Jamie Reed and Tristram Hunt both decided to stop being MPs around a similar time period, a rumour was afloat in Westminster that “dozens” of Labour members of parliament were lined up to quit politics should either Copeland or Stoke Central be lost. Since the first part of that has happened, I thought it might be prudent to speculate as to who might be the next Labour MP to quit, should this be the case.
I would like to stress adamantly that I don’t think the following Labour MPs are actually going to quit, nor do I have inside knowledge that they are thinking about doing so. I’m simply looking at a combination of these factors:
- dislike of Corbyn and the leftward direction since the last general election
- the marginality of the seat (no point in storming off if your seat is safe and Labour will just keep it, right?)
- the factor of the seat possibly being extensively redrawn or eliminated altogether by the time of the next general election.