Labour councillor resigns over treatment of former party leader

Jo Rust, Labour candidate for North West Norfolk at the last three general elections Picture: Chr

Jo Rust, Labour candidate for North West Norfolk at the last three general elections Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

A trade unionist who fought three general elections as a Labour candidate has quit the party in protest at its treatment of its former leader.

Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who will be joining a rally and march calling for a new hospital in King's Lynn. 

Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who will be joining a rally and march calling for a new hospital in King's Lynn. - Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from Labour last month after claiming that the scale of anti-Semitism in the party was overstated.

He was reinstated as a member by the party’s national executive committee But his successor Sir Keir Starmer has blocked him from sitting as a Labour MP.

West Norfolk councillor Jo Rust, who has been a party member for 10 years, said she had resigned over the way the matter had been handled.

“I have left and am now sitting with the Independent Group,” she said.

Ms Rust, who represents the Springwood ward, believes the way the matter was dealt with was in breach of Labour’s policies.

The Unite and GMB union member campaigned at the 2015, 2017 and 2019 elections.

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