A veteran South Tyneside Labour Party member says under-fire leader Jeremy Corby has fallen victim to a ‘political stitch-up’ – and deserves a chance to fight the next general election.
Mr Corbyn resisted calls from scores of his own MPs to quit his post in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and will now be part of an upcoming leadership contest.
The Labour Party’s ruling national executive committee decided his name should automatically appear in the leadership contest triggered by former shadow minister Angela Eagle, with another former Corbyn cabinet member, Owen Smith, also joining the race for power.
Hebburn South councillor Wilf Flynn, who is secretary of Jarrow Constituency Labour Party, has joined the town’s MP Stephen Hepburn in offering his support to Mr Corbyn.
Coun Flynn said: “I will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn, he has been the victim of a political stitch-up
“We could have torn into the Tories at that point but nobody expected the party to implode like this. He should have the chance to contest the next general election.”
I wil be voting for Jeremy Corbyn, he has been the victim of a political stitch-up.Coun Wilf Flynn
Coun Flynn says he will extend invite to all labour leadership hopefuls to speak to constituency members in the weeks to come.
South Shields’ Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck was unavailable for comment on the leadership contest.