South Tynesiders urged to back Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Harton and Westoe Miners Banner Group is backing Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership race.
Harton and Westoe Miners Banner Group is backing Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership race.

A call has gone out to people in South Tyneside to get behind Jeremy Corbyn as he battles to defend his Labour Party leadership.

The Harton and Westoe Miners Banner Group has voted to back Corbyn as he fights to retain his position as leader of the Labour Party against challenger Owen Smith.

“At a time of growing inequality, working class people want the Labour Party to bring the Tories to account, yet these right-wing Blairites are only interested in is their own careers.”

John Watson

Members of the banner group are leading a campaign in support of Corbyn - in the hope he will bring a ‘greater voice to the working class.’

The group, formerly a branch of the National Union of Mineworkers, believe Corbyn has been betrayed by what they describe as “parliamentary careerists.”

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck’s decision to stand down from her position as shadow minister for Communities and Local Government led to the group banning her from walking beside them at the recent Durham Miner’s Gala.

A public meeting has now been called to rally support in South Tyneside for Corbyn at Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare, Low Lane, South Shields on Wednesday August 3 at 7pm.

The meeting will be looking at calls for mandatory re-selection of Labour MPs by Labour Party members and to push for a fight against austerity.

John Watson, secretary of the banner group and former miner, said: “The anti-democratic manoeuvres, the lies and the distortions surrounding Corbyn are an absolute disgrace.

“At a time of growing inequality, working class people want the Labour Party to bring the Tories to account, yet these right-wing Blairites are only interested in is their own careers.”