King’s Lynn activists back Corbyn to remain as Labour leader

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour activists in the Lynn area have given their overwhelming backing to party leader Jeremy Corbyn as he bids to remain in post.

With the party’s leadership election little more than a month away, members of the North West Norfolk constituency Labour party voted 46 to three to support his bid to continue as leader over that of Owen Smith during a meeting on Friday night.

Party secretary Jo Rust said: “While i’ve remained steadfast in my support of Jeremy for leader, it was heartening to hear from our membership about the reasons they also support him.

“Doctors, students, trade unions members, youth members and retired, private and public sector all spoke in support of Jeremy for leader.

“While a long standing and respected member spoke out against both candidates, the result was clear: North West Norfolk CLP backs JC.”

Beth Anthony, the party’s youth officer, said she and many of her friends were firmly behind Mr Corbyn’s leadership.

She said: ”It’s because he’s saying what we want a politician to say. We want to hear that he’ll scrap tuition fees and support low paid workers.”

The result of the election, triggered by Mr Smith’s challenge to Mr Corbyn, will be announced in late September ahead of the party’s conference.