'I'm appalled with what's happening to Labour' - South Shields MP releases resignation letter to Jeremy Corbyn

Emma Lewell-Buck.
Emma Lewell-Buck.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has released her resignation letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after stepping down as Shadow Junior Communities and Local Government Minister

Here is is in full:

Dear Jeremy,

I have supported you since your election, I believe that you offered hope to people, and ignited in people a passion for politics in a way no politician before you has achieved in my lifetime.

I did not take part in yesterday's vote of confidence because it was not constitutionally binding, and I felt that if there were a leadership challenge, you would stand again, and we would be back to square one in a matter of weeks.

It is now clear that the PLP is disconnected from huge swathes of the membership; a membership that is now completely disenfranchised.

I am appalled at what is happening to our party and the way in which you have been treated by some in the Parliamentary Labour Party, not just recently, but since your election.

The Party is shambolic and divided at a critical time rather than providing effective opposition to a Government that has so badly damaged the prospects of people in South Shields.

The situation has now become untenable and is an impossible environment to work in.

As a result of this impasse, and after speaking to members of my local party, I feel I have no option but to step down from my role as shadow minister.

In these unstable, worrying times when the Conservative Party are failing people at every turn and people need us more than ever, I remain angry that a meltdown has been orchestrated by the Labour Party.

I am sad and worried about the future of the party I love.

I thank you for the opportunity you gave me.

Yours Sincerely,

Emma Lewell-Buck MP