Labour CLP Chair quits branding Corbyn a 'clown' who turned party into a 'laughing stock'

19 November 2019, 07:50

Mr Thomas branded Jeremy Corbyn a "clown"
Mr Thomas branded Jeremy Corbyn a "clown". Picture: PA/Leics City Council
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

The chair of a constituency Labour party has branded Jeremy Corbyn a "clown" who has turned the Labour Party into a "laughing stock."

John Thomas dramatically quit his post as Chair of the Leicester East CLP, writing in a letter to Jennie Formby, Labour's General Secretary, that he "can no longer follow the clown that leads" Labour.

Councillor John Thomas, a key ally of former MP Keith Vaz, has been a member of for 34 years.

The councillor said he could no longer follow Mr Corbyn who ‘is heavily influenced by the Trotskyite [Unite union leader] Len McCluskey.’

He also used the letter criticised the choice of General Election candidate for the constituency, saying it was "a fix."

In his letter to Ms Formby he wrote: “I am also shocked that you have chosen a councillor in Jeremy Corbyn’s CLP to be Labour candidate for Leicester East for the next General Election.

“Where is the democracy in that?

“It is a fix and a disgrace.”

The letter from Mr Thomas
The letter from Mr Thomas. Picture: Leicester City Council

A Labour spokesperson said Ms Webbe had been chosen by a panel that included regional and local constituency representatives.

They added: "Claudia Webbe is a BAME woman who was born in and grew up in Leicester.

"Her knowledge of the constituency, her extensive experience as a councillor and as a campaigner for equality for all ethnic minority groups make her an excellent candidate."