BIRKENHEAD MP Frank Field has hit back at suggestions that he 'propped up the Tories' following a vote of no confidence.

The MP, who has represented Birkenhead since 1979, believes some members of his constituency Labour party (CLP) were seeking to 'misrepresent' his votes in favour of a key piece of Brexit legislation.

On Friday his CLP passed a no confidence vote - a day after Labour Brexiteer Kate Hoey also lost a vote of confidence by party members in her Vauxhall seat.

Mr Field told the Globe: "Two weeks ago, the House of Commons voted on two key pieces of legislation that are necessary for implementing the country’s decision to leave the European Union.

"I voted in favour of each piece of legislation.

"Given that, during last year’s election, both Labour and the Tories committed themselves to honouring that decision, such legislation would have been introduced by whichever party was in power.

"In every single vote we’ve had on any piece of Brexit legislation in recent months, I have sought to represent the voices of a majority of voters in Birkenhead, millions of Labour voters across the country, and two thirds of Labour constituencies, who voted to leave the EU.

"In Birkenhead, it was voters in the poorest parts of the town who voted most strongly in favour of Brexit.

"Their voices are so often ignored or disregarded in Westminster and Whitehall.

"As a result, too many decisions are taken that go totally against their beliefs and way of life – one example is the way Universal Credit has been set up in such a way as to erode the moral economy of the working-class.

"I firmly believe that, particularly as the country navigates its way out of the EU, it is essential for those voters to have their views championed by Labour representatives in Parliament.

"That is why I voted the way I did two weeks ago, as well as throughout the past 39 years as Birkenhead’s MP in which I have always voted to free our country from the tightening stranglehold of the EU.

"For most, if not all, of the key votes on this matter I did so alongside Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.

"It would have been a betrayal of the principles I have held for my entire political life, had I voted against the legislation two weeks ago."

Mr Field helped save the Prime Minister from a humiliating defeat along with Labour Brexiteers Kate Hoey, John Mann, Graham Stringer and also independent Kelvin Hopkins, who all backed the Government in the crucial decision.

All of them had previously backed the medicine regulation amendment, except for Ms Hoey who did not vote.

But critics have now called for the deselection of all the MPs.

Mr Field added: "Some people have tried to misrepresent my vote as a means of propping up the Tories or getting in the way of an early general election.

"This is an absurd suggestion that is being used as an excuse by certain people in the Birkenhead Constituency Labour Party who are fixated on the idea of trying to get rid of me.

"They would have found some other excuse, had it not been this topic, as they’re already lining up their alternative candidate.

"My vote two weeks ago was cast, not for the Government, but in favour of those millions of Labour voters – mainly in parts of the country that have long been neglected by the elites – who gave politicians a clear instruction to take the country out of the EU.

"Had the legislation been defeated two weeks ago, the country would have sacrificed a major part of its strategy for negotiating with the EU.

"Those politicians trying to keep us in the EU by the back door would have been given even greater encouragement to ignore the voices of those majorities of voters in two thirds of Labour seats, including Birkenhead, who voted to leave."