Yorkshire MPs react to Corbyn's victory

A SENIOR Yorkshire Labour MP who was sacked by Jeremy Corbyn has today called for the party to focus on the public in the aftermath of his leadership election victory.

Jeremy Corbyn celebrates retaining the Labour leadership

Mr Corbyn’s victory with 61.8 per cent of the vote today leaves Labour MPs, the majority of whom have previously expressed no confidence in his leadership, facing tough choices over what they do next.

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Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher, who was sacked by Mr Corbyn from his role as shadow culture secretary earlier this year, wrote on Twitter: “Everyone in Labour must now focus on the issues that matter to our communities & to the country.

“Time to get back in touch with the public.”

Pontefract, Castleford and Normanton MP Yvette Cooper congratulated Mr Corbyn, adding: “Now the work starts to hold everyone together, build support across country & take Tories on.”

Reacting to Mr Corbyn’s acceptance speech, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint wrote: “Glad to hear Jeremy #Corbyn talk about our Labour family & uniting the party.”

Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn, who was sacked as shadow foreign secretary by Mr Corbyn after expressing doubts over his leadership, simply wrote: “Time for unity”.

Bradford East MP Imran Hussain wrote: “Party must now rally around him & let’s take the fight back to this divisive Tory govt”.