Field: People of Birkenhead will choose their MP, not Momentum

Veteran Labour MP Frank Field has reiterated his intention to stand at the next General Election, insisting that “the people of Birkenhead will decide who they want – not 35 members of Momentum”.

The principled Brexiteer ditched the Labour whip, citing concerns over anti-Semitism in the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

But he has no intention of being bullied out of politics by local Corbynistas, telling The House magazine: “The body that’s sovereign at elections are the electorate.

“And I couldn’t be more happy that they are going to decide who’s going to be the member for Birkenhead.”

Field insists that he would still like to be a Labour MP in the future if the party can sort its problems, but will be standing again regardless.

“You know, I might have resigned the whip. I’d like to regain the whip if they deal with this terrible intolerance. But otherwise, providence willing, I’m standing at the next election. And the people of Birkenhead will decide who they want – not 35 members of Momentum.”

A man of honour and integrity. Labour would be in a much stronger position if they had another hundred Frank Fields. Instead, he’s left.