South Shields MP joins Labour Party unity call after Corbyn victory

Jeremy Corbyn and his deputy Tom Watson
Jeremy Corbyn and his deputy Tom Watson

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has joined calls for party unity after Jeremy Corbyn's leadership victory

Mr Corbyn has urged the Labour Party party to “come together” and reach out to the country following his decisive victory over Owen Smith at the weekend.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck

He said he now wants to concentrate on setting out policies on how Labour planned to achieve social justice.

Mrs Lewell-Buck reacted to Mr Corbyn’s victory by tweeting: “Congrats to @jeremycorbyn now time for a bit of calm. Let’s all work towards getting Labour in power.”

Mr Corbyn said: “I want to raise the vision of what kind of society we could be.

“We will start with education, and there will be more to come. I want to bring all sections of the party together.”

Mr Corbyn said he was grateful for the support he received in the leadership vote, highlighting the “huge” turnout for the contest with Owen Smith.

He received 313,209 of the votes cast, compared with 193,229 for challenger Owen Smith, and used his victory speech to call for unity.

One of the immediate issues is how members of the shadow cabinet will be elected.

The expected reshuffle looks set to go ahead without Labour MPs being granted a vote on the make-up of the leader’s top team.

The party’s ruling National Executive Committee has agreed to put off a decision on shadow cabinet elections until an “awayday” on November 22.

This will be followed by a consultation process before reforms are approved at a special conference.

MPs voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to restore elections, in order to give the parliamentary party more control over the choice of shadow ministers.

The decision to kick the issue into the long grass is likely to make it more difficult for Mr Corbyn to persuade critics who quit his frontbench team in June to return.