Resigned Support

Southwark voted heavily to remain in the European Union and the ramifications of Brexit are already being felt through local job losses as well as for the many Labour members and supporters in my constituency who feel our leader did not work hard enough to try and secure a win.

Along with over 50 others, I have resigned from the shadow frontbench team. I am very grateful for the messages of support received since my own announcement. My own members appear to back a leadership change by 4:1 and a poll carried out by the ‘London SE1’ website showed that 65% of local people say they agree with the reasons outlined in my resignation letter.

Below are quotes from just a few Labour people who have been in touch to express concerns. This group is significant as they supported Jeremy in the leadership election last year, some actively campaigning for him just nine months ago:

“I would like you to support a vote of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn… [he] has failed to reach out beyond a core group of voters…His campaigning on the EU referendum was, at best, uninspiring. His VICE documentary portrayed him as a weak, disorganised leader.”

 “I joined the Labour Party when Jeremy Corbyn was elected as I expected a new and positive approach to politics.  I actively campaigned for Sadiq Khan and door knocked last week to campaign to remain… I am sad to say that I feel that the lack of real, committed and positive leadership has been a significant factor in the leave vote.” 

“I voted for Corbyn and have supported with enthusiasm his drive to inspire and reposition the Labour Party, especially on economic policy. No longer. His lamentable performance in the critical EU referendum…means that he has no understanding of the damage Brexit will do not only to our country but to peace and stability in Europe. For these reasons I now no longer have any confidence in his leadership.” 

“Jeremy Corbyn is a good man with decent, principled political, social and moral ideals (most of which I share and champion wholeheartedly) and a strong sense of purpose but sadly it has become clear over time and particularly in the recent weeks of this referendum campaign that his strength is not in political leadership and I cannot in all good conscience support him.” 

“This country requires vision and leadership at a time that it is sorely lacking in [Jeremy Corbyn]. I feel helpless.”

This shift from former Jeremy Corbyn supporters is in the space of just a few months and demonstrates some of the strength of feeling. I hope the leader steps down soon and the Party can move forward under a new, stronger and more unifying voice.

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commented 2016-07-12 13:50:58 +0100
What did you resign from this week, Neil? These committees aren’t going to be resigned from all by themselves, you know. You’ve got many years of resigning from things ahead of you, time to step up to the challenge.
commented 2016-07-12 10:58:33 +0100
I still support Corbyn and would like to know why no one in Labour has asked that Gisela Stuart resign from the party. If we should be complaining about anyone`s campaign it should be her`s for Vote Leave.
commented 2016-07-07 16:21:45 +0100
I appreciate the fact that you’re disappointed with Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, but walking away from the shadow Front Bench at the very time we need people on the Government’s case isn’t exactly a great example of leadership either.
commented 2016-07-03 15:15:06 +0100
I am really fed up with this political infighting. What we need now is some leadership to challenge the cheap and coward response to the referendum – there were lots of messages the public told Westminster especially those most vulnerable.
The tragedy is that these workers will not benefit from brexit, rather the opposite.
We need to reinvest the massive proceeds from immigration and the single market into public services, schools and hospitals to help the few who loose from immigration. the EU is the simplest reaction to the vote but also the worst one.
So rather than stabbing Jeremy in the back, we need Labour to become a real opposition and propose a policy that really had the majority of the people at heart and formulate the wise and informed response to brexit. In the end it’s parliament that triggers article 50 and its down to MPs consciousness to make the right call and then live with it forever.
commented 2016-06-30 21:28:25 +0100
Why on earth would Mr Corbyn stand down when he was elected such a large mandate?

I’m appalled by the undemocratic behaviour by the Plp by ignoring the mandate of the Labour Party membership and certainly by the bullying antics employed toward Mr Corbyn by them at the PLP meeting reported in the press

Looking forward to party resolving the opposing views by a new vote on the leadership which would clarify the situation

I hope the next meeting offers the opportunity for the members to express their thoughts on the recent resignations and trust all members will be notified and invited to the meeting with a full and accurate copy of the minutes of the last meeting

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