After the resignation of members of shadow cabinet expressing displeasure over Jermy Corbyon’s leadership MPs of the party on Tuesday passed resolution expressing no confidence in him. Unrattled by the move Corbyon refused to step down saying that the ballot has no constitutional legitimacy.
While 172 MPs voted against Corbyon, 40 supported him. Four people abstained. The ballot is not binding.
Corbyon said he would not betray party members who voted for him. His supporters challenged the adversaries to go for a formal leadership contest if they want to challenge him.
After the unprecedented happenings Corbyon issued a statement saying the government was “in disarray” and Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the government will not.”
He said that he was democratically elected leader of Labour party for a new kind of politics by 60% of Labour members and supporters, and he will not betray them by resigning. “Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy” he claimed.
“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.” Corbyon said .
Corbyon’s leadership was challenged after some members questioned his performance in EU referendum. 20 members of the shadow cabinet walked out of the stormy meeting on Monday. This led to Tuesday’s voting. Labour party leaders are elected by voting among the party members.
Reports from London say Corbyon still enjoys support of major unions which forms the basis of the Labour party. The leader of one of the biggest unions Unite Len McCluskey has pledged his support to Corbyon. He said the behaviour of the party MPs have been extraordinary and has diverted attention from Tory government’s crisis. He challenged the opposition to challenge Corbyon’s leadership constitutionally. Manuel Cortes General secretary of the Transport Salaried Staff Association also supported Corbyon.