Labour’s Barry Gardiner was observed partying at a Conservative MPs’ conference reception.
LABOUR MEMBER Last night, Barry Gardiner was seen at a Conservative party drinks function.
At a reception hosted by the 1922 committee, the Brent North MP was observed chatting with Conservatives. For those attending the Manchester conference, the strong backbench group threw a party to mark the end of the first day.
Mr Gardiner, a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, was seen speaking with a number of Tory MPs, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the House of Commons.
He is thought to be the first Labour MP to attend the drinks reception at the party conference in the 1922 committee’s existence.
His presence comes barely 24 hours after it was revealed that three Labour MPs are considering defecting to the Conservatives over Sir Keir Starmer’s performance.
After being underwhelmed by their leader’s speech to the party in Brighton, the three is alleged to have shouted out for “open channels of contact” with the ruling party.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the three MPs discussed engineering a transfer of allegiance with Conservative whips.
Despite the fact that Mr Gardiner’s attendance drew a few raised eyebrows, he has no plans to cross the Commons floor to join the Conservatives.
One MP in attendance told This website that “he was trying to urge Tories to back his private member’s bill.”
Mr. Gardiner is seeking to persuade MPs to support his plan to make firing and rehiring illegal.
The veteran MP is seeking bipartisan backing for legislation that would make it unlawful for businesses to fire employees and then rehire them on less favorable conditions.
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour Party’s leader, is already a strong supporter, promising that a government led by him would outlaw the practice.
Mr Gardiner was handing out blue badges to MPs at the gathering that stated “stop fire and rehire.”
His attempt to get Conservatives to support him comes after he spoke at a socialist rally on the subject during Labour conference.
Mr Gardiner urged MPs to support his Bill in an article on a grassroots Labour website earlier this year.
“Thousands of people across the United Kingdom have been threatened with dismissal and then rehired to do the same fundamental job for less pay and conditions,” he wrote.
“These aren’t some obscure start-ups that no one has heard of.”
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