‘I’m not going to betray voters’: Islington MP Corbyn vows to continue as Labour leader
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Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn will today continue to fight Labour MPs who want him removed as Labour leader.
It came after four shadow ministers resigned this morning, joining 12 from the shadow cabinet who left yesterday.
Many Labour MPs, including former Islington Council leader Margaret Hodge, have called for Mr Corbyn to resign over what was perceived as lacklustre campaigning to stay in the EU for last week’s referendum.
But Mr Corbyn, who won last September’s leadership election with 60 per cent of the vote, came back fighting last night.
He said: “I was elected by hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members and supporters with an overwhelming mandate for a different kind of politics.
“I regret there have been resignations today from my shadow cabinet. But I am not going to betray the trust of those who voted for me - or the millions of supporters across the country who need Labour to represent them.”
Mr Corbyn, who retains the support of Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry, added: “Those who want to change Labour’s leadership will have to stand in a democratic election, in which I will be a candidate.”
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And over 3,000 people are expected to march on Parliament tonight in support of the MP. Speakers include his closest political ally, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, as well as Islington councillor Claudia Webbe.