South Shields MP’s unity call sparks divided opinion

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South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck’s call for unity in the Labour Party after Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as leader has revealed some divisions in her own constituency.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck’s call for unity in the Labour Party after Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as leader has revealed some divisions in her own constituency.

Emma Lewell-Buck

Emma Lewell-Buck

After Mr Corbyn’s victory at the weekend, he urged the party party to “come together” and reach out to the country.

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.”

In June, Mrs Lewell-Buck stepped down from her post as Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government after abstaining from the vote of no confidence in Mr Corbyn.

Yesterday she said: “Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership contest with an increased mandate and I have congratulated him personally on that.

“It is time for the Labour Party to stop the in-fighting and come together to get on with the business of holding the Tories to account and doing all we can to be in a position to get back into Government.

“I will continue to do all I can to make that happen.”

Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn said: “I was delighted with the outcome of Jeremy Corbyn winning his second Labour Leadership contest. Jeremy has been re-elected comfortably defeating Owen Smith.

“He won 61.8% of the vote, a larger margin of victory than last year.

“We now need to focus on unifying our party with our ultimate aim now is to expose and defeat the Tories in the next General Election.”

A Gazette poll has revealed that 82% of readers think Labout can win the next election, and Mrs Lewell-Buck’s comments have raised hackles among some voters.

Readers react to MP’s views

On Mrs Lewell-Buck, readers have been taking to social media.

Kerry Tubbrit said: “She wants make her mind up who she’s supporting

Donna Proudlock added “If I remember rightly, she had absolutely no faith in Corbyn.”

Warren Turnbull wrote: “Has she forgotten what she said? If she can change her tune this quick I think she should stand down.”

Waldo Jeffers added: “She’s changed her tune.”

On Labour’s electoral chances, Neil Robinson wrote: “Labour have no chance with Corbyn in charge.”

Susan Sinclair added: “Having Corbyn as leader has just cost them an election.”

Lynn Arthur added: “Really hope that these Labour idiots are voted out next time.”

Valerie Halliday wrote: “What have they done for South Shields.

David A Turnbull believes there is more pressing business. He wrote: “Get us out the EU first.”

Bill Mcdonald added: “The Tories are not scared of Corbyn.”