Corbyn ‘will not betray’ members by resigning

172 MPs have voted no confidence in the Labour party leader


Labour Party MPs have voted no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn by a margin of 172 to 40.

The secret ballot was held between nine and four today, on the motion ‘that this PLP has no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.’

It’s rumoured that Angela Eagle and Tom Watson will meet imminently to discuss which of them is best-placed to challenge the Corbyn for the leadership.

With such limited support Corbyn could struggle to get the 51 nominations required to stand.

He would rely on the support of some of the 20 Labour MEPs, which could also be problematic given the criticism of his behaviour during the EU referendum campaign.

However, his team believe that according to party rules he is automatically entitled to appear on the ballot.

Corbyn has already made it clear that he will not stand down, commenting:

‘I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 per cent of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy.

“We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country.”

The results have already triggered another resignation — of shadow home office minister Lyn Brown — bringing the total to 52.


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14 Responses to “Corbyn ‘will not betray’ members by resigning”

  1. Trudy

    Democracy is dead

  2. Carole-Anne Jones

    I am ashamed that 172 MP’s are prepared to stick to fingers up at the very people who voted for them as their representatives and Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of our party. If he is forced to go I will tear up my membership and I will NEVER vote for a traitorous party. Those rebels are a disgrace to themselves and to the Labour Party as a whole!

  3. Bob Entwistle

    Why the secrecy of the ballot? what are the PLP members frightened of in an open democracy, or is that the problem? They are too ashamed to
    let members of the CLP know who they are?

  4. John Kelly

    Once the right-wing decide who their candidate is going to be, currently choice between AE (4th behind TW in deputy leader vote 9 months ago) or TW (I’ll hide in Glastonbury while the party I’m Deputy leader of implodes) the NEC must publish time table for the election and it must be a very quick one. There will only be 2 candidates both well known to party members so no need for a beauty pageant around the country. Any delay will only build support for the challenger, especially given the pressure the members will now be under from the media. We cannot still be fighting a leadership election once the Tories have selected their new one. It’s going to happen let’s get on with it, finish it and get back to fighting the Tories.

  5. Kev Ball

    His time is up, he can’t lead the PLP, so he cannot oppose the government and he cannot win over the country. No leader has a mandate for incompetence.

  6. Steve

    I keep hearing Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters talking about his overwhelming mandate. Yet that is no longer the issue. Nine months later the issue is how well has he done the job, and the answer, unfortunately, is not very well at all. I watch him at PMQs & what we get is a prolix, meandering question, no response to what Cameron has just said & then another prolix, meandering question. PMQs after PMQs he fails to make any impact at all. I watch him doing interviews on TV. He’s no better in that enviroment, seemingly lacking political nous & unable to think on his feet. This is how the public will see him – in clips on the TV not in meeting halls, where most people don’t go. I have been a Labour member and activist for almost 40 years and I feel he should now go. It’s a shame, but he’s just not up to the demands of the job he now has.

  7. Paul Browning

    I’m a former Labour voter who gave up on the party in the wake of the Iraq war. I thought Labour were finished so far as being any kind of alternative to the Tories was concerned. Corbyn has changed that for me and, I suspect, many other ex-voters.

    So the New Labour faction need to bear this in mind – if Corbyn goes, so does my vote.

  8. Susan Thomas

    They have become so arrogant that they think they can ignore what the majority of members voted for change and believe in Jeremy Corbyn. I just joined the Labour Party to support him in another contest. If he loses I will never vote Labour again. I have already supported the TUSC in the Welsh Assembly elections and this party was not given any press at all.

  9. Sam

    There is no coming back from this. As a Labour voter I am terrified that it will be difficult for Jeremy to move anyone other than the base which is not enough. I fear any new conservative government will call an election and can you imagine Boris with a super majority?

  10. Tony

    How many of those Labour MPs who have said that Corbyn is ‘unelectable’ predicted the result of the last general election?
    I doubt if any of them did. So how can they predict the result of the next one?
    40 MPs back Corbyn—I think his support has actually gone up since he was elected leader.
    I see that Kezia Dugdale has suggested that Corbyn stand down.

    I can hardly wait for Neil Kinnock to offer his advice.

  11. George Topping

    I have just read this article which explains a lot. It rather tells us what we already know.

  12. scandalous bill

    The motives and hypocrisy of the Labour Party establishment is sadly exposed and in full view. It is more than curious that the Hodge led motion, citing Jeremy’s so called lack commitment to the remain campaign as being against the policy of the party have not had a single word to say about those in the party who worked for Labour Leave. Even more alarming is the fact that Labour Leave received major funding from well known right wing Tory party supporters and Error prone Banks via

    There has been no request to remove the whip from the Labour Leave MPs nor has their been any statement from any of the anti-Corbyn conspirators requesting these individuals face any disciplinary action from the party for directly contravening the expressed position of the Labour party. Curious in the extreme, to say the least.

    Jeremy faces an establishment PLP initiated de-selection public lynching and vilification for not robustly, in their view, advocating the party agreed policy, while, at the same time, those “Labour Party Faithful” MPs and cronies, who freely associated with, and accepted sponsorship from, the most Xenophobic and vitriolic segment of the Brexit campaign, are warmly welcomed into the Party establishment fold and invited to join the “dump Jeremy” bandwagon.

    It would seem that the movement against Jeremy Corbyn has less to do with his leadership and more to do with full blooded attempt to silence or discredit anything he might say regarding Tony Blair when the anticipated release of the Chilcot Report is debated.

    The destruction of Labour’s credibility lies entirely in the hands of the establishment PLP. This PLP resembles a band of thieves more than any potential government in waiting. The responsibility for the disintegration of the Labour Party is theirs and theirs alone. The effects will be long lasting.

  13. s rossiter

    Corbyn is described as a man of decency and principle. I understand why so many NuLab MPs feel threatened. I suggest a proven liar of no principal or integrity should save the dau. Unfortunately Tony Blair isn’t available. Time for Gisella or Kate to fill the breech. They are perfect for the job.

  14. Eleanor Firman

    I don’t want the party to split. Watching the PLP behave like a pack of marauding hounds is truly shocking – I don’t know anyone who believes they are acting out of altruism at this point. That’s the saddest bit – everyone can see what they’re doing. I truly hope they can find a way to back down and apologise to Jeremy and start working collectively for the sake of the country.

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