Labour councillor resigns over treatment of former party leader
- 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.
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.
You may also want to watch:
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.
- 1 Londoners fined for travelling to stay at second home in Norfolk
- 2 Man in 20s dies and three hurt as Audi crashes into wall
- 3 'Fighting every shift' - intensive care nurse's harrowing Covid video diary
- 4 Met Office warns of snow at weekend
- 5 School shuts 20 minutes before opening time after staff Covid case
- 6 Staff lose jobs at retailer Outfit with plans to close permanently
- 7 Groundworks start at site of new McDonald’s restaurant
- 8 Driver's lucky escape as lorry ends up in ditch
- 9 A148 shut for 'most of morning' after serious crash
- 10 'Extraordinary' outbreak of Covid in Norwich prison
Conservatives retain their control of West Norfolk council, with 29 seats. Independents are the second-largest, with 14, followed by nine Labour, one Green, one Liberal Democrat and one Independent.