Sitting Labour MP for Reading East deselected

A Labour Party constituency branch has voted to deselect its sitting MP as candidate for the Reading East constituency.

The local party members apparently "overwhelmingly" rejected Jane Griffiths, 49, in favour of Reading Borough Councillor Tony Page.

Chair of Reading & District Labour Party, Stuart Singleton-White said: "Local members have decided that Tony Page is the best candidate for Reading East at the next election. We want to thank Jane Griffiths for her hard work as an MP."

Mrs Griffiths's tenure as Labour MP for Reading since 1997 has not been without its controversial moments. While supporting most of the Blair government's main policies, Mrs Griffiths has been outspoken on some more controversial issues, such as a call for legalised brothels.

The first sitting Labour MP to be deselected in 10 years, she left the constituency meeting without making comment.

Mr Page said: "I am very honoured that the local Labour Party has chosen me to be its candidate in the forthcoming general election. Jane has been a very hard-working MP for the people of Reading East and will be a hard act to follow."

A Borough Councillor for over 30 years, Mr Page will be the only candidate out of the five nominated to be considered at the final selection meeting.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

02 February 2010
Osborne's 'Solid' Economy Plans
Government plans to halve the budget deficit within four year are not "credible", Tory Shadow Chancellor George Osborne said today. Mr Osborne said a Conservative government would rebuild the UK economy on "more solid" foundations. Savings, exports and greater enterprise should form the basis of an economic recovery, he told senior backbench MPs.
15 September 2015
MPs Back Trade Union Bill
MPs have backed the government's proposed Trade Union Bill by 33 votes at its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday.
15 December 2004
'Living wills' Bill passes reading amid Commons chaos
A climb down last night by the Government helped push the Mental Incapacity Bill through its second stage reading, amid chaotic scenes in the Commons last night.
14 August 2003
Royal security breach report makes 'disturbing reading'
Met Commissioner Sir John Stevens has described as "disturbing reading" the findings of a report into the breach of security by self-styled "comedy terrorist" Aaron Barschak at Prince William’s 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle.
11 May 2010
Government Still Hangs In The Balance
The future of the UK's hung parliament is still unsure as the Liberal Democrats continue to hold out for a better deal with either Labour or the Tories.