More than 500 Labour councillors have signed a public statement calling on Jeremy Corbyn to resign as leader and “make way for the new leadership”.
It is the biggest sign yet of pressure from the party’s grassroots on Corbyn to go, and follows several no confidence motions passed by local constituency Labour parties (CLPs), including Battersea and Tooting. Holborn & St Pancras CLP, meanwhile, last night rejected a pro-Corbyn confidence motion – suggesting that Corbyn’s supposed strong London support base is not as rock solid as some presume.
The letter is signed by nearly 550 Labour councillors, who claim a breadth of opinion within the party and say they are “from a number a traditions within our movement”, including some who voted for Corbyn last year.. They praise Corbyn as “an honourable man” and credit his record of public service, particularly in local government.
Cllr Alan Atkin, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr Amy Rushforth, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
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