Corbyn On The Ballot

corbyn.jpgSOUTHPORT Labour has welcomed the decision to allow Jeremy Corbyn onto the ballot in the forthcoming Party leadership election.

The Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) decided last night that as democratically elected leader Mr Corbyn was entitled to defend the challenge against him. He now goes into the leadership election as strong favourite to cement his position.

Ainsdale’s Mhairi Doyle, the new chair of the local party, said: “Southport Labour Party supports Jeremy Corbyn as our leader and as our future Prime Minister. We are delighted that the attempt to circumvent his democratic mandate was rejected by the Party’s NEC.

Jeremy offers something that British political life has not seen in some time, a genuine desire to build a fairer society where everyone is valued and everyone has the chance to make the most of their talents.

“It is with great sadness that local members have watched the challenge against Jeremy unfold but now the membership has the chance to have their say. We are sure they will stand up for fairer Britain and say this is the direction they want the Party to go, this is the direction they want the country to go.”

Following the announcement of the challenge, Southport Labour Party has seen a big rise in membership, the vast majority of whom say they have joined to support Jeremy and his team.

At time of writing the membership stands at 770 members, soaring above the town’s other parties. Mhairi added that this would “give Southport Labour the chance to robustly challenge the Lib Dem/Tory complacency in the town come the next local elections”.

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Southport Labour Backs Corbyn



Southport’s Labour Party has given its support to Jeremy Corbyn in the forthcoming leadership election.

At the local party’s Annual General Meeting this week an emergency motion backing Mr Corbyn and criticising the behaviour of rebel MPs who have sought to undermine him was passed by an overwhelming majority.

In a week in which Southport membership climbed to more than 700 members, the local party also warned rebel MPs and the party’s National Executive Committee that any attempt to keep Mr Corbyn off the ballot paper in a leadership election would be “undemocratic and  illegitimate”.

 “Jeremy Corbyn is the democratically elected Leader of our party who secured a resounding mandate less than 10 months ago under an electoral procedure fully supported by Labour MPs,” said new Vice Chair (Membership) of the local party Lol Duffy.

“The actions of certain members of the Parliamentary Labour Party is an insult to members of our party and is demonstrative of  MPs who are out of touch, not only with its grassroots but also to those in society who most need a party who will listen to them and then act on their behalf.”

At a packed meeting at Birkdale Labour Club, elections took place for key positions within the local party.

Ainsdale’s Mhairi Doyle was elected chair,  Steve Jowett and Linda Heap became Joint Secretaries, Chris Goley was named treasurer,  Heather Westhead was voted Women’s Officer and vice chairs are Lol Duffy and Andrew Taujanskas.

“Southport Labour Party membership is growing each day,” added Lol. “There’s a real chance now that when the next local elections come along we will be able to finally break the Lib Dem-Conservative death-grip on the town.”

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