|John Thomas, the chairman of the Leicester East CLP, tore up his Labour membership and quit his senior local role as he claimed Mr Corbyn had turned the party into a 'laughing stock'. |
'I wish to cancel my membership of the Labour Party and I am resigning as the chair of the Leicester East CLP.
This is great disappointment to me, realising that I have spent over 30 years of my life working for a party that I know now that I have nothing in common with. This is not the party I joined, the party for decent working people.'
'I can no longer follow the clown that leads the Labour Party, he is heavily influenced by the Trotskyite Len McCluskey and is now as the Hoki Cokey leader, in out, and shake it all about he has turned this great party into a laughing stock.'
Thomas also launched a savage attack on the way in which the party had selected a new general election candidate after the incumbent, the disgraced former Labour MP Keith Vaz, said he would not stand again.Mr Thomas described the selection process as a 'fix' and a 'disgrace' after a London ally of Mr Corbyn was chosen as Labour's candidate in the constituency, 'because it was his turn'.
Mr Thomas, who serves as a councillor in Leicester, set out his position in a letter to Labour general secretary Jennie Formby.