Jeremy Corbyn re-elected as leader of Labour party

Jeremy Corbyn

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LABOUR Portsmouth councillor John Ferrett has said Jeremy Corbyn being re-elected as leader of the party is disastrous.

Mr Corbyn will remain leader of the Labour party after receiving more than 60 per cent of the votes.

The decision, which was announced at 11.45am today, showed that Mr Corbyn received 313,209 votes while challenger Owen Smith received 193,229 votes.

The announcement was made at a Labour conference in Liverpool with 506,438 votes cast by party members.

Cllr Ferrett, who has been part of the Labour party for 27 years, said: ‘This is a disastrous day for the Labour party.

‘This could end the Labour party’s chance of being elected into office.

‘It will be impossible for the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) to now say they have confidence in our leader having said only a week ago they have got no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn.

‘I cannot see how the party can unite.’

On his own future as a member of the Labour party, Cllr Ferrett added: ‘I need to reflect over the next few days.

‘Most of my life has been spent working for the Labour party.

‘There is a lot of emotional attachment. It’s really, really difficult’

For Portsmouth Labour activist Sue Castillon the right person won the vote.

She said: ‘I am absolutely delighted. It shows the confidence the vast majority of members have.

‘We can now be active and we will be out campaigning next Saturday.’

Mr Corbyn said during the conference that he wants to repay the trust party members have shown.

‘I want to thank the more than 300,000 supporters that have given me their support and trust in this Labour leadership election,’ he said.

‘I am honoured to have won the vote.

‘I want to say thank you to Owen Smith as well. We have had an interesting summer of debates all over the country, thank you very much for all of that, for the good discussions and debates we have had which, no doubt we will continue.

‘We are part of the same Labour party and that is how it’s always going to be.’

He added: ‘It has been about our Labour family facing the future of how we do things together in the future.

‘I will do everything I can to repay the trust and the support and to bring our party together and make it an engine of progress for our country and the people that depend on the Labour part to protect their interests and win power to deliver real change in this country.’

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