MPs back Corbyn to do ‘Jez the job’

St Helens MPs' Marie Rimmer and Conor McGinn have said Labour must unite behind new party leader Jeremy Corbyn
St Helens MPs' Marie Rimmer and Conor McGinn have said Labour must unite behind new party leader Jeremy Corbyn

St Helens MPs have thrown their support behind Jeremy Corbyn after his landslide win in the party’s leadership race.

The veteran left-wing MP for Islington North secured 59.5 per cent of the vote, finishing ahead of Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.

Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East, is the new deputy leader of the party.

St Helens South and Whiston MP Marie Rimmer said: “I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson on their convincing victories in this election.

“After a long campaign our party will all now work together as we stand up for local families and the most vulnerable members of our society.

“We must continue to oppose this Tory Government whose policies, such as tax credit cuts and reductions in local government funding, will have a devastating impact on communities like St Helens.

“Since the election more than 1,000 residents have contacted me personally with real concerns, I continue to represent them locally and in Parliament.

“Finally, I am also pleased that Yvette Cooper will be leading Labour’s taskforce on the Syrian refugee crisis, an issue that many local residents have contacted me about .”

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn said: “Jeremy and Tom have been elected with strong mandates. The party must now come together to ensure that we offer a viable alternative to the government.

“Labour wins elections when it is in tune with the British public and in the mainstream of British politics.

“My priority will continue to be standing up for the people of St Helens North in Parliament and working hard to ensure a Labour government is elected in 2020.”

Mr McGinn had backed Andy Burnham, while Ms Rimmer threw her weight behind Yvette Cooper.

Mr Corbyn unveiled his new cabinet this week with 16 female members including Wigan’s Lisa Nandy as shadow energy secretary.