Christine Oddy was
today given cross-party support in the wake of the announcement that the Labour Party has
The Coventry and North Warwickshire MEP learned of her fate through a letter from
Labours general secretary Margaret McDonagh, a move that was condemned by a
John Corrie, the Conservative MEP for Worcestershire and South Warwickshire described
the decision as disgraceful.
"I took over from her in this area at the last election and I have had to work
very hard to keep up the work that she had done for her constituents.
"I am absolutely horrified that anybody could be treated in this way. I just
cannot understand how a party can do that to someone who has worked as hard as Christine.
"To do it in the way that its been done by simply sending a fax across is
In the letter detailing her suspension, which she first saw as a fax to her Strasbourg
office, Oddy was told that she was not working hard enough for her election campaign - a
suggestion that Corrie finds unbelievable.
"The Labour party obviously dont know how hard she worked because I worked
beside her in the parliament, and in her constituency she was very much admired and quite
frankly it is not true to say she didnt work."
However Oddy believes that the move has been coming for quite some time. She said:
"I returned to my office after a vote in Strasbourg and found a fax from my
"It does not come as a great surprise because the Labour Party really hasnt
been co-operating with me since Christmas.
"They havent been giving me details of various event that were happening,
when there have been various ministers coming to the area we might find out about it the
day before or not at all."
The suspension means that Oddy will be unable to contest the European elections to be
held on 10 June, but her chances of being re-elected had already suffered a massive blow
The Labour Party produced a list of eight candidates for election of which Oddy was
placed in seventh position, virtually ruling out any hope of retaining her seat.