HALF a dozen MPs have announced they will quit as MPs for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, including Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey.
But who is the brexiteer and why is she standing down? Here’s what you need to know.
Who is Kate Hoey?
The 73-year-old has been Vauxhall’s MP since 1989, but her stance on Brexit angered her constituents.
Hoey was born in 1946 on a small farm in Co Antrim.
She went to the Ulster College of Physical Education after grammar school at the Belfast Royal Academy.
She moved to London to study Economics at London Guildhall University where she became head of the NUS.
Hoey was a sports minister under Tony Blair from 1999 to 2001.
But she was sacked in June 2000 which she blamed on the fact she had offended some leading figures in the world of football because of her unwillingness to go along with their demands over the new Wembley stadium and England’s bid for World Cup 2006.
She campaigned alongside Nigel Farage for the Leave campaign and previously said she wouldn’t stand in the next election.
However she was convinced to stay on when the snap election was called in 2017.
Despite spouting views which are at odds with the majority of her constituents, Ms Hoey held the seat in 2017 with 57 per cent of the vote.
Almost a year ago she lost a no confidence motion tabled by her Vauxhall Constituency Labour Party.
Those who attended the meeting last July voted unanimously for a call to oust her last night in a damning motion that accused her of “ignoring” constituents’ views, “collaborating” with Hard Brexit Tories and “colluding with Nigel Farage”.
Hoey is a long term eurosceptic and voted against all the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties.
But she has clashed with her constituents on other issues too.
Despite holding an inner city seat, Hoey is a former chair of the Countryside Alliance and is a supporter of fox hunting.
She attacked Labour’s decision to ban handguns following the Dunblane massacre.
She is also in favour of grammar schools which puts her at odds with lots of Labour Party members.
She has a patchy voting record on gay rights and abortion.
Why isn’t she standing for reselection?
Among those who won’t be an MP after the next election include Brexiteer Kate Hoey, 73, who was likely to have been booted out by her local party in Vauxhall who are pro-Remain.
In a letter to her constituents she said she’d never intended to stand in the next election anyway, but already leftie grassroots group Momentum said they would be pushing their own pro-Corbyn candidate in the area.
Ms Hoey said she wouldn’t stand for election “as a Labour candidate” which could open the door for a defection to another party before the next election.
Others who have decided to quit as MPs include veterans Stephen Twigg and Stephen Pound who both threw in the towel today.
The party dropped down to 18 per cent support in the polls last week as the party’s ongoing crisis over Brexit and anti-Semitism threaten to tear it apart.
Voters are abandoning them in droves as they continue to sit on the fence over leaving the EU – promising to fight for an election AND another Brexit vote.
The next election isn’t scheduled to be until 2022 but many MPs are gearing up for a snap election to break the Brexit deadlock.
Her resignation letter in full
To all my constituents,
Having stated at the 2015 General Election that I would not seek re-election in 2020 I was persuaded to fight the unexpected General Election of 2017.
Now that the national Labour Party has started the process for the 2022 election I have decided that after 30 years as the MP for Vauxhall I will not seek re-election as a Labour candidate.
Until the next General Election I will of course continue every single day to give my all to help constituents in Vauxhall and to campaign for policies that make life better for residents.
I will carry on until a General Election serving with the energy, honesty and integrity that I have tiled to bong to public service my whole life.
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It remains a huge privilege to serve this special pert of London. I have had wonderful staff over the years some with me for over 20 years and I thank them all for their personal support.
I am profoundly grateful to those Party Members, local residents, community groups and trade unions with whom I have worked and campaigned over so many years.
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