Portsmouth Labour trade union official says he won’t stand in the way of people leaving in light of Corbyn result

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LABOUR members say they will not stand in the way of colleagues who wish to leave.

Sion Reynolds, trade union liaison officer for Portsmouth Labour, said Jeremy Corbyn commands ‘the strongest mandate of any political leader in modern history’ - and if people don’t like it then they can go.

He said: ‘If activists or members are not happy with that, they are free to leave. It’s a matter of respecting what the view of the party membership is. It’s entirely consistent for Cllr Ferrett to want to leave if he is that against who the leader is.’

It comes after Mr Reynolds called for Labour group leader John Ferrett to back Mr Corbyn. A Labour Party spokesperson was unavailable for comment.