Joan Ryan lost a vote of no-confidence at her Enfield North CLP meeting last night. Expect all sorts of wailing about entryism, trots and anti-semitism. In fact, the members exercised their democratic right to censure her - at a very respectful, polite meeting, by all accounts, in spite of members being harassed by aggressive militant Zionists on the way in - over her undermining and slandering of Corbyn and I expect this (from Wiki) has much to do with it too:
In October 2007, the Evening Standard reported that Joan Ryan claimed £173,691 in expenses for the 2006/2007 tax year, the highest for any MP. She was the second highest claimant in the 2005/2006 tax year.
In May 2009, it was reported that Ryan had claimed more than £4,500 under the Additional Costs Allowance for work on a house she had designated as her second home. In February 2010, based on an audit report looking into the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal, Ryan was asked to repay £5,121 mortgage interest.
In 2012, The Independent reported that "[a]t least 10 attempts have been made from computers in Parliament to remove information about [Ryan's] expenses claims and a further 20 efforts to delete the information, some from her constituency of Enfield North, have also been recorded in Wikipedia's logs."
During the 2015 general election, The Daily Telegraph returned to this issue. In Ryan's case, the entire expenses section was deleted, including information on repairs and decorations on her home paid for out of her MP's expenses; the edits were made while Ryan was not an MP, and she denied involvement.
Labour leadership of Jeremy Corbyn
In August 2015, Ryan became Chair of the Labour Friends of Israel. In the 2015 Labour Leadership election, she urged those voting to choose a candidate who in government could "play a constructive and engaged role in the crucial search for a" two-state solution to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. In particular, she noted the "deep concerns" which arise from the positions Jeremy Corbyn had taken in the past and the "serious questions which arise from these".
In the Al-Jazeera documentary, The Lobby, Ryan was secretly filmed having a discussion with a fellow member of the Labour Party. The member - Jean Fitzpatrick - is filmed questioning Ryan on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. At one point, Fitzpatrick mentions Labour Friends of Israel enjoying a certain amount of influence and prestige, having helped a friend's son gain a place at Oxford University. This was then reported by Ryan as a case of anti-Semitism, who accused the member of repeating a classic anti-Semitic trope.
During the 2017 general election, Ryan urged constituents in her election literature to vote for her because she was "independent-minded" in the context of the perceived unpopularity of Jeremy Corbyn. She wrote in her election letter that constituents she had spoken to had more faith in Theresa May as PM, than in Corbyn as May's potential successor. Ryan, in-line with most opinion polls, said she expected May's government to return with a much larger number of MPs, but argued that she was well placed to fight against such a Conservative majority. It was the fifth time Ryan and Nick de Bois had stood against each other.
On 6 September 2018, her Constituency Labour Party narrowly passed a motion of no confidence in her.