John Woodcock told to accept ‘democratic decision’ to elect Jeremy Corbyn

Posted On: 
26th March 2016

John Woodcock’s has been told to get behind Jeremy Corbyn after he publicly called for him to be ousted as Labour leader.

Labour MP John Woodcock said of the situation in the party: "We cannot go on like this."
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Mr Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, had written an article in the Daily Mirror calling on Labour MPs to rally against leader Mr. Corbyn. He gained the public support of MPs Angela Smith and Jamie Reed.

In response, Mr Corbyn's office called on Mr Woodcock to “accept the democratic decision” of party members in electing him leader last year.  

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“It’s time for John Woodcock to accept the democratic decision of the Labour party to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader – and join Jeremy and the rest of the party in turning their fire on this incompetent and divisive Tory government,” a spokesperson for Mr Corbyn told The Guardian.

Mr Woodcock wrote in a column published on Thursday night: “For the sake of people being bled dry by a government that thinks it has got a divine right to rule, we cannot go on like this.”

Mr Woodcock said Mr Corbyn was allowing the Tories “to wreak havoc on the country without properly being held to account”.

The MP for Barrow and Furness wrote the column soon after tweeting that Mr. Corbyn was a “f****** disaster”, after PMQs on Wednesday.

During PMQs, David Cameron had mocked the Leader of the Opposition for a leaked document supposedly ranking MPs according to their loyalty. Labour denied that any member of Mr. Corbyn’s office was responsible for the list.