Our MP Ben Bradshaw
has stated that he has spoken to Labour members in Exeter who had supported
Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party but who now wish to see
the back of Corbyn. We the undersigned Exeter Labour Party members do not think this is true. Ben Bradshaw is not speaking for the
membership of the Labour Party in Exeter.
We are bitterly
disappointed that sections of the Party are using the EU Referendum result as
their excuse to try to mount a coup against Jeremy Corbyn. We have respect for
Ben as a good constituency MP but his actions since Jeremy Corbyn was elected
have been to constantly seek to undermine the leadership of the Party. He has
not respected the overwhelming mandate that Jeremy Corbyn was given.
We support the
statement released by 12 union leaders in the wake of the referendum result;
“The Prime Minister’s resignation has triggered a Tory leadership crisis. At
the very time we need politicians to come together for the common good, the
Tory party is plunging into a period of argument and infighting. In the absence
of a government that puts the people first Labour must unite as a source of
national stability and unity. It should focus on speaking up for jobs and workers’
rights under threat, and on challenging any attempt to use the referendum
result to introduce a more right-wing Tory government by the backdoor.
The last thing Labour
needs is a manufactured leadership row of its own in the midst of this crisis
and we call upon all Labour MPs not to engage in any such indulgence.”