YP Letters: Bitter Corbyn critics need to get behind party

From: Brian Nugent, Pecket Well Mill, Hebden Bridge.

Jeremy Corbyn stands with Gill Furniss, whose husband, Harry Harpham, died from cancer, and who won the by-election to replace him in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough.

I READ with interest your reporting on the results of the recent local elections. Apparently, as usual, it’s all Jeremy Corbyn’s fault! Even his own MPs seem to think it is down to the leader.

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As a member of the Labour Party for 33 years, I have never experienced a leadership which has come under such intense scrutiny and been subjected to such disrespect from its own MPs.

I did not vote for Jeremy as leader. That said, I accept the result and am happy to leaflet and canvass, for my party, as I have done whomever is the leader. It is a shame self-important MPs can’t do the same. The recent antics of John Mann, Simon Danczuk and now Michael Dugher says far more about them than the Labour leader.

John Prescott labels these people as the “Bitterites”. I wholeheartedly agree. The Parliamentary Labour Party quickly needs to get behind its leader, or members who continue to undermine the leadership should do the decent thing and resign. For many years in some northern constituencies it has been said that a donkey could get elected as long as it had a red rosette on it. The aforementioned MPs are stark evidence of this truism!