Wythenshawe Constituency Labour Party members have voted to back left winger Jeremy Corbyn in his bid to become the new party leader.
In a packed meeting at Wythenshawe Cricket Club tonight Corbyn won the nomination ballot with Leigh MP, Andy Burnham coming second in the ballot.
Dozens of new members came to the meeting as well as Labour supporters who also voted to back Corbyn in a consultative ballot.
Corbyn is currently the bookies favourite to win the leadership race having first being ranked as an outsider. Polls are giving him a commanding lead and he has the support of a large number of constituency parties and trade unions, including Unite, Unison and the Communication Workers Union.
The veteran MP is standing on an anti-austerity platform and was the only candidate to vote against the government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill while the others abstained.
Wythenshawe MP, Mike Kane has explained why he abstained in the vote on the government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill which will impose a £20,000 a year benefit cap on families.
And the Labour MP has vowed to continue to push for changes to the bill when it reaches at the next stage in parliament.
He told the Wythenshawe reporter: “There are some measures in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which we support and some measures which we oppose. I do not think it is in the interests of my constituents to vote against measures such as 3 million apprenticeships, cuts in council rents, support for troubled families and loans for mortgage interest.
“We will however now be seeking in the Committee stage to heavily amend the Bill to try and prevent the Government from doing things like abolishing targets for reducing child poverty and cutting to support for the sick and disabled who are not fit for work.”
“I and my Labour colleagues will vote against the tax credit cuts which will make three million low and middle income working families worse off. These measures are not in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill – they will be in statutory Instruments in the autumn, and I will oppose them.”
The bill was opposed by 48 Labour MPs, who defied an order from their acting party leader Harriet Harman not to vote.
Wythenshawe’s Labour MP, Mike Kane, has abstained in the vote in the first debate in parliament over the government’s Welfare Reform Bill, within a fortnight of heckling the Chancellor over £12 billion of cuts which will hit 60 per cent of families in the town.
The bill, which will cap the total benefit entitlement for a family at £385 a week as well as slash child and tax credits for low paid workers, was opposed by 48 Labour MPs, who defied an order from their acting party leader Harriet Harman not to vote.
Mr Kane voted for a Labour bid to halt the bill whilst supporting the benefit cap. But when the amendment was defeated, the MP towed the party line by remaining neutral and abstained in the final vote on the bill.
The Wythenshawe MP was reprimanded by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons during the budget speech on July 8th when he and two other MPs tried to drown out Chancellor George Osborne as he tried to announce cuts.