MP who called Jeremy Corbyn a 'f**king disaster' vows to get behind him

Jeremy Corbyn: 'If he is right and MPs are wrong then he will win over the public', says Labour MP John Woodcock

Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour leadership election (Getty)

Monday, September 26, 2016

One of Jeremy Corbyn's most critical colleagues has pledged to get behind him, saying he and his fellow MPs have a duty "to further the cause of the Labour party."

John Woodcock, who described Mr Corbyn's performance in Prime Minister's Questions as a "f***ing disaster" earlier this year, also said that "if he is right and we are wrong then he will win over the public."

On Saturday the Labour leadership election results revealed Mr Corbyn will continue as leader with 61.8% of the vote against Owen Smith's 38.2%. Their annual conference has now begun and will continue until Wednesday.

Woodcock, the MP for Barrow and Furness, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the party now needs to unite, despite the backbiting which continued today when Ken Livingstone ridiculed Mr Corbyn's critics as "bitter Blairites."

"We need a way that is us being able to come together, so he can recognise the concerns over direction and some of the ways things have been done by the parliamentary Labour party, and we can recognise that he is indeed the leader with a renewed mandate from the members," Woodcock said.

"Jeremy can really help in being seen to take the issue of anti-Semitism within the party seriously, and supporting all of us in trying to drive that out of the party.

"We all have a responsibility to get on with our jobs as constituency Members of Parliament, and we all have to try in the best way we can in these incredibly difficult circumstances to further the cause of the Labour party."

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