Sheffield Momentum to hold rally in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Momentum are set to hold a rally in Sheffield city centre today in support of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, following leadership challenges and calls for his resignation.
Momentum are set to hold a rally in Sheffield city centre today in support of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, following leadership challenges and calls for his resignation.
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Momentum are set to hold a rally in Sheffield city centre today in support of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, following leadership challenges and calls for his resignation.

The rally, which organisers say is also being held in support of 'democracy within the Labour Party,' will be held outside the Town Hall from 11am today.

Annette Taberner from the group's steering committee said: “We are seeing a new influx of people joining the Party to defend the elected leader in the event of a challenge.

"In the wake of one of the biggest decisions in a generation and with the Conservative Party in chaos, Labour Party members are angry that elected representatives have

prioritised attacks on the leadership and have walked away from their posts.

“Corbyn's election last year and the shift in policies associated with it were welcomed by many who felt the Party had failed to represent the interests of the people the

Party was established to represent.

“ There are proper procedures for leadership challenges which are not being used by people who are perfectly aware of them.

“There is a real determination that the democratic decision of the membership must be upheld and the change in policy direction maintained.”

MPs passed a motion of no confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last month, with 172 out of 212 of the party's elected representatives calling for the Islington North MP to step down. This followed resignations from the shadow cabinet and calls on Mr Corbyn to quit.

This comes after last month's referendum on the European Union, when 52 per cent of voters opted to leave.

Mr Corbyn fronted the their Remain campaign, and the calls for his resignation come after sizeable 'out' votes in Labour strongholds such as South Yorkshire and Sunderland.

Since the first wave of resignations, 128,000 people are believed to have joined the Labour Party.