Portsmouth union officials call for Labour group leader to show unity and back Jeremy Corbyn

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UNION officials have welcomed Jeremy Corbyn and say his success is a victory for the working class.

But calls have been made for Cllr John Ferrett, Portsmouth Labour group leader, to show unity and get behind the man now in charge of the party or else his own position could become ‘untenable’.

The issue now lies with, unfortunately, the leader of the Portsmouth Labour group and whether he is willing to show unity and get behind the Labour leader, who is the member’s choice.

Frank Minal, regional organiser for the GMB union

Sion Reynolds, trade union liaison officer for the Portsmouth Labour Party, said: ‘I am very pleased with the result.

‘This signals a change in the Labour Party, and the views across our membership. It’s a return to a focus upon working class interests.

‘Cllr Ferrett is entitled to his own views, but he must respect the views of the majority of the party. Unity is the only way to go - it’s really up to him to decide what he wants to do (about his future).

Frank Minal, regional organiser for the GMB union, said: ‘It’s a fantastic decision.

‘I was involved in the telephone canvassing of members in the Portsmouth area and there was a significant endorsement of Jeremy Corbyn in Portsmouth.

‘The issue now lies with, unfortunately, the leader of the Portsmouth Labour group and whether he is willing to show unity and get behind the Labour leader, who is the member’s choice.

‘If he wants to maintain his position with support, it’s very important he gets on board with the party and doesn’t spout his own views, which don’t fit with the rest of the party. Or else, he will make his position untenable.’

Cllr Donna Jones, Tory leader of Portsmouth City Council, said she would ‘love’ to have Cllr Ferrett in the Conservative group - but doubts he will take up the offer.