Westmorland and Lonsdale vote overwhelmingly to nominate Jeremy Corbyn
At a packed meeting last week, local Labour Party members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Westmorland and Lonsdale Constituency Party nominating Jeremy Corbyn as the new party leader.
Local party chair Paul Braithwaite commented:
Many people spoke passionately of the need to defend the most vulnerable in our society from the policies of the new Conservative Government which also worsen the impact of draconian cuts brought in by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.
“It is great to see so many people taking part in this leadership debate. Our membership has soared since the general election and people really want to get involved in helping shape the future of the Labour party.”
Of the four party leadership candidates, it was Mr Corbyn who members felt offered the most inspiring vision for the party and the country. A party member, who spoke in the debate, said his “teenage son had been so inspired by Jeremy Corbyn that he promised to join Labour if he is the next leader.”
With policies such as renationalising the railways, a new National Education Service to enable workers to improve their skills throughout their working life, and his stance against austerity and promise to reverse the “grossly irresponsible” cuts made by George Osborne, Jeremy Corbyn has certainly invigorated the debate in the leadership contest.
Mr Corbyn, MP for Islington North, was initially an outsider in the contest, however his campaign has captured the hearts and minds of many Labour members and supporters. Mr Corbyn has the most constituency nominations and is favourite to win with many bookmakers.
Mr Corbyn was one of 48 Labour MPs who recently voted against the government’s Welfare Bill saying “George Osborne's Budget found money for giveaways on corporation tax and inheritance tax. We cannot abstain on a programme that gives tax breaks to the rich and poverty to the least well off. We must challenge this narrative clearly and boldly, from the outset of this Parliament. That is why I will be voting against the government.”