North West Norfolk branch to vote on Labour leadership

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West Norfolk activists will decide who they want to lead the Labour party at a meeting tonight.

Members of the party’s North West Norfolk branch are due to meet at the South Lynn Community Centre this evening to debate whether to support the incumbent, Jeremy Corbyn, or his challenger, Owen Smith.

The vote is only open to people who have been members since January 12.

But branch secretary Jo Rust said: “We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of members over the past eight months and more recently, a large number of people joining as registered supporters.

“While I know there are a few who have joined in opposition to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the majority support him.

“It remains to be seen which contender the nomination goes for, but either way I can guarantee the meeting will be good natured.”

The meeting comes after members of the party’s South West Norfolk branch voted overwhelmingly to support Mr Corbyn in the forthcoming poll during a meeting last week.

Officials there claim their membership has trebled, to more than 600, since Mr Corbyn was first elected in September last year.