Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
Bassetlaw MP John Mann is to become a peer following the announcement of former Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation honours list.
The firm Brexiteer, who announced at the weekend he was quitting Labour to become a government anti-Semitism ‘tsar’, has been nominated for a non-affiliated life peerage.
He has served as an MP for Bassetlaw for 18 years and announced that he was stepping down at the weekend.
He said he could not campaign for Mr Corbyn knowing he could become prime minister, and told The Sunday Times he would “never forgive” his left-wing leader for allowing the party to be “hijacked” by anti-Semites.
In a letter to his Bassetlaw Labour Party Members Mr Mann said: “I am standing down as your Member of Parliament in order to take up a major full-time role in tackling antisemitism.
“Having been given this opportunity, in an important area of work, I believe that I can make a bigger contribution than remaining as an MP.
“I have represented Bassetlaw since 2001 and over the years I have had the privilege to work closely with many members and have established good and lasting frienships. I love living in this area and have no intention of moving away.
“I also wish to make clear that I am not prepared to ask Bassetlaw residents to support Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister and it is therefore appropriate to give that opportunity to somebody else.
“I will continue to remain a Labour member, but I will not lie to Bassetlaw voters about Corbyn.”
John Mann was included in the honours list that also featured key political aides – as well as her sporting hero Geoffrey Boycott.
The former prime minister’s chief EU negotiator Olly Robbins – blamed by many Tory MPs for her three times rejected Brexit deal – receives a knighthood.
Her controversial former joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill – who were forced to quit No 10 in the wake of the 2017 general election debacle – are made CBEs.