HULL EAST MP Karl Turner has warned Jeremy Corbyn he still has work to do to win over the party and country after seeing off a leadership challenge.
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.
Mr Turner quit his role as shadow attorney general in June amid the wave of resignations from Mr Corbyn’s team which ultimately led to the leadership challenge,
Mr Turner said that while he was “respectful” of the result and would work with Mr Corbyn, “the criticism I had does not disappear”.
He said: “If we are to be a serious party of opposition then Jeremy Corbyn must do more to bring the party together as well as winning over the support of the country.”
Mr Turner called on the party to back Mr Corbyn warning, “divided parties are punished at the ballot box” and said talk of Labour splitting was “for the birds”.
However he also demanded an end to calls for MPs who have criticised Mr Corbyn to be deselected which he described as “divisive”.
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”.
Former party leader Ed Miliband, the Doncaster North MP, said: “Congratulations to Jeremy on his victory and commiserations to Owen. Now is the time for the party to unite and to focus on the country.”
Bradford East MP Imran Hussain wrote: “Party must now rally around him & let’s take the fight back to this divisive Tory govt”.