Labour MP Dennis Skinner has told Westmonster that he thinks Jeremy Corbyn would have voted in favour of the EU Withdrawal Bill if he wasn’t party leader.
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Westmonster’s Patrick Christys asked Skinner if he thought he’d face a backlash from Labour’s top brass for defying the party whip and voting for the Bill – it turns out the veteran MP thinks he’s safe because of Corbyn’s anti-EU past.
He said: “No, no…because, you know, on the occasion, sometimes when I’ve been in the lobby during the last 30-odd years since Jeremy came in, Jeremy’s been in the same lobby as me, and John McDonnell.
“I think if he hadn’t have been leader…I think it’s a fair proposition that he would have been in the lobby with me. And it’s wasn’t a Tory lobby, it was called the Aye lobby.”
Skinner was one of only 7 Labour MPs to vote for the Withdrawal Bill. He told Westmonster it’s because he’s been voting against the EU from the start:
It’s refreshing there are still some MPs who aren’t afraid to speak their mind.