9th Dec, 2016

Vale Labour Party backs Jeremy Corbyn in leadership race

Joshua Godfrey 4th Sep, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MEMBERS of the Mid-Worcestershire Constituency Labour Party have overwhelmingly backed Jeremy Corbyn to remain as the party’s leader.

With Labour currently embattled in a leadership election between Mr Corbyn and his challenger Owen Smith, members of the party’s Mid-Worcestershire branch have had their say on who they want to be Labour’s next leader at a nomination meeting on August 11.

A total of 27 out of the 36 members who voted backed Jeremy Corbyn, whilst just nine voted for Owen Smith. It now means 84 per cent of Labour’s constituency parties have backed Mr Corbyn to remain as leader, with just 16 per cent backing Mr Smith.

Labour’s 515,000 members from across the UK will begin voting in the leadership election towards the end of August, with the result to be announced on Saturday, September 24 at the party’s conference.

Vice-Chairman of the Mid-Worcestershire CLP, Michael Worrall, said: “The consensus of the meeting was that Jeremy is doing a good job and disappointment that a leadership challenge was needed at this time.

“Concern was expressed at the continuing rift between the leader and the

Parliamentary Labour Party, with the majority of members hoping that the election result would encourage MP’s to support our leader in the new parliamentary session.”