In a lively debate in Luton ‘s Council Chamber on Tuesday (3rd November) a public gallery packed with jeering and booing residents heard Labour Councillors heap praise on disgraced MP Margaret Moran.
The Liberal Democrats had called for a motion saying that Margaret Moran should resign immediately.
In an affront to public opinion a motion to Council was proposed by Labour Councillors Mehmood Hussain and Roy Davis though was eventually agreed by the Labour majority Council, 24 votes to 22.
Labour Councillor Roy Davis said she made an error of judgement for which she has paid a high price and had now apologised. Liberal Democrats claimed the only message most Luton residents wanted from Moran was one which said she had resigned.
“We are all perfectly entitled to be outraged at Ms. Moran’s behaviour and Labour Councillors obviously have no idea how angry Luton residents are,” said Liberal Democrat Luton South Prospective Parliamentary candidate, Qurban Hussain. “We are entitled to proper representation in parliament and if the Labour Party thinks we are getting from an MP who has been in hiding for six months, their idea of how an MP should behave is very different from mine.”
The Labour motion claimed:
“Rumours that residents appear to have had no effective representation in parliament are unjustified.”
“Moran’s support team has delivered services to the public well.”
“Council’s best wishes for a speedy return to full health.”
Qurban added that the Labour Councillors “obviously have no idea how angry we Luton South residents are”.
Full text of the Labour’s Motion:
Council: Commends Kelvin Hopkins MP for ensuring that every Luton citizen continues to benefit from full representation in the House of Commons.
Is concerned about unjustified rumours that Luton South residents appear to have had no effective representation in parliament since their MP became unwell.
Regrets that there has been no certainty about the likely date of her return to active service.
Considers the Luton South Member of Parliament’s support team has delivered services to the public well, from both her fully functioning parliamentary and constituency offices, throughout her enforced absence. Particular thanks also go to Kelvin Hopkins MP, Richard Howett MEP and Lord McKenzie for their key roles in delivering a good outcome for Vauxhall and IBC recently.
Calls upon her to accept the Council’s best wishes for a speedy return to full health, so she can assist in the selection of her successor, which will allow Luton South residents to elect a Member of Parliament who will continue to give them the representation they deserve and to which they are entitled.