How Ilford’s Labour MPs reacted to Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader
PUBLISHED: 15:37 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:37 14 September 2015
Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, said the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party indicated the public wanted “a change in style” of politics.
Mr Corbyn, the MP for Islington North, won 59 per cent of first preference votes in the leadership contest, despite having odds of 200-1 at one point.
Mr Gapes, who supported Liz Kendall for leader, said: “I interpreted the result as a desire for a change in style, it remains to be seen what this will be made up of.
“I personally was disappointed that no women were given the top cabinet jobs. I did not vote for Jeremy, I voted for other people.
“I will be actively campaigning for my constituency, just as Jeremy has for all these years.”
One of the biggest problems Mr Corbyn will have as Labour leader is holding together a cohesive party, when as a backbench MP he was one of the most rebellious in the House of Commons.
Mr Gapes noted this however said he would not “rebel for the sake of it”.
He did want the new Labour leader to clarify his stance on the EU.
“I believe there should be a clear statement from the Labour leader, not just Hilary Benn, that we are going to stay and Labour is going to be a positive campaigner to stay in the EU.”
Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North, said he was going to “treat Jeremy the same as any other leader”.
He explained: “I will support Jeremy, but if that clashes with what is best for Ilford North, I choose Ilford North every single time.”
Mr Streeting, who also supported Miss Kendall for leader, said those who campaigned for her “had to take a long hard look at why we lost the argument”.
“I think by anyone’s estimation the scale of the victory is stunning.”
Mr Streeting added he did not foresee a split in the party.
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