Islington Labour councillors’ support for Jeremy Corbyn questioned

Jeremy Corbyn leaves his Holloway home yesterday morning: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn leaves his Holloway home yesterday morning: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Councillors from Islington Labour Group are facing allegations that it doesn’t support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party.

According to reports from a meeting on Monday night, Highbury East Cllr Osh Gantly is said to have proposed a motion for tonight’s full council expressing confidence in the Islington North MP - and condemning the Parliamentary Labour Party for its alleged coup attempt.

It comes after Mr Corbyn’s leadership was plunged into crisis following the EU referendum Leave vote. A leadership challenge is expected after a vote of no confidence on Tuesday and a series of resignations from his shadow cabinet. Even Prime Minister David Cameron called for him to resign yesterday.

And Cllr Gantly’s motion was reported to have been withdrawn from tonight’s meeting due to fears it would not win enough support from the council - of which 47 out of 48 members are Labour.

Cllr Gantly has not responded to a request for comment.

In a statement issued by the Labour Party, council leader Richard Watts said: “It is absolutely untrue that Islington Labour Group refused to back Jeremy at the meeting on Monday.

“Jeremy has strong support in the Labour Group, as he does in the wider Islington Labour Party.”

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However, when the Gazette asked whether a specific motion had been proposed and withdrawn, there was no reply.

Mr Corbyn, meanwhile, is determined to remain as leader. He insists he retains the democratic support of Labour members as he received 60 per cent of the vote in September’s leadership election.

And on Monday night, he received the backing of thousands of people who turned up for a “Keep Corbyn” rally in Parliament Square.

Tonight’s meeting in the town hall starts at 7.30pm.