Labour South Yorkshire councillors sign open letter backing Jeremy Corbyn

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Fourteen South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire Labour councillors have signed a letter of support to party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour councillors from Rotherham, Doncaster and Chesterfield signed a letter calling on the party to unite behind the leader after a parliamentary revolt saw Mr Corbyn lose the majority of his shadow cabinet.

However, No elected Labour representative on Sheffield Council has signed the letter so far.

The Labour leader lost a vote of ‘no confidence’ by 172 MPs to 40.

Rotherham East Coun Wendy Cooksey was one of those who signed the letter of support to Mr Corbyn.

She said: “What’s happening is an assault on the Labour Party’s democracy.

“If people want to challenge him in the leadership then there’s a proper process to do so.

“Jeremy offers a real alternative to the Tories.”

One Sheffield councillor told The Star many elected Labour representatives in the city had ‘concerns’ about Mr Corbyn’s leadership but some supported him during last year’s leadership race.

A BBC survey found around 90 per cent of 50 Constituency Labour Party branches were still backing Mr Corbyn.

Full list of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire councillors who have backed Jeremy Corbyn

Rotherham

Coun John Williams

Coun David Sheppard

Coun Richard Price

Coun Wendy Cooksey

Coun John Williams

Doncaster

Coun Nigel Ball

Coun Dave Shaw

Coun Charlie Hogarth

Coun Eva Hughes

Coun John McHale

Chesterfield

Coun Lisa-Marie Derbyshire

Coun Christine Ludlow

Coun Julie Young

Coun Keith Brown

To see the full list of councillors who signed the letter visit www.keepcorbyn.co.uk