‘Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership position is untenable’ says Sheffield MP

General election 2015 Sheffield count at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Angela Smith, Labour, wins the Penistone & Stocksbridge seat.

A Sheffield MP has called on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to ‘reconsider his position’ after ‘losing the confidence of his party’.

Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said the Labour leader was a ‘man of principle’ but said in light of recent events his position had now become ‘untenable’.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Smith backed a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Mr Corbyn.

The city MP said: “While I respect Jeremy as a man of principle, in the light of the new circumstances we face as a country following the EU referendum result, I honestly don’t believe he can offer the strong, inclusive leadership the official opposition, the Labour Party, and the millions of Labour voters require at this time.

“This is especially so if we are to make sure our values of social justice are at the heart of any new settlement with the European Union.

“With the Government in disarray I believe it is vital the country has an effective opposition.

“It is now obvious Jeremy has lost the confidence of the vast majority of the parliamentary party, making his position of leading that opposition untenable and he should consider his position.”

The Labour leader was rocked by dozens of high- profile resignations from his front bench and lost a no confidence vote by 172 MPs to 40.

But Mr Corbyn is expected to stay on and contest an inevitable leadership challenge because more than 60 per cent of Labour members and supporters voted to install him as party leader.

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