Party faithful lay out the welcome for new Labour leader

Jeremy Corbyn - welcome by Moray Labour.
Jeremy Corbyn – welcome by Moray Labour.

A LABOUR FIGHTBACK is being predicted in Moray by local party members celebrating the appointment of their new national leader Jeremy Corbyn at the weekend.

Mr Corbyn’s emphatic victory in a leadership campaign that took several months to decide has been welcomed by local party members, who insist that his appointed hails the beginning of a fightback for the party both in Scotland and throughout the UK.

Sean Morton, secretary of the Moray Labour Party, said: “Jeremy Corbyn has won a hard fought campaign – his huge victory was well-deserved.

“After a long summer of debate it’s time to begin the fightback. The evidence is clear – in Scotland and across the UK, the Labour Party has changed. We’re asking you to take another look at us and we’re promising to fight for your vote.

“Over these last few months our party has exploded in size, even here in Moray. We welcome those people who have just joined us, and we welcome home those we have come back.

“We now need to set out a radical agenda that takes the fight to the SNP and the Tories. With the help of our members, longstanding and new, we can win next year and we can win in 2020.”

Mr Corbyn has already called on the Labour party in Scotland to prepare themselves for a tough campaign for the Scottish elections next year – while  Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was one of the first to congratulate him on his appointment.

The SNP leader said: “We congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his victory and hope that we can work constructively with him in a progressive alliance against Tory austerity.

“We also call on him to give an early commitment that Labour MPs will join the SNP in voting against the £100 billion renewal of Trident.”