Thursday 28 March 2019


Melanie Onn has resigned from Labour's front bench in order to defy a three line whip on voting for a second EU referendum.  The (now) former Shadow Minister for Housing represents Great Grimsby, one of the most pro-Leave constituencies in 2016 with a whopping 71%.  Melanie's majority in Grimsby was almost halved between 2015 and 2017, so in voting against the second referendum she clearly has an eye on safeguarding her seat.

Melanie Onn refused to back a second referendum

Three other front benchers abstained from the vote - Andrew Gwynne, Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett.  A number of backbench Labour MPs also rebelled or abstained.  It seems that the so-called 'People's Vote' is going to cause some grief for the party in the weeks ahead.