Burntwood councillor disappointed over lack of women at the head of the Labour party

A Burntwood Labour councillor says she’s “very disappointed” that her party has not elected a woman as its leader or deputy.

Jeremy Corbyn. Pic: Garry Knight

Jeremy Corbyn. Pic: Garry Knight

Veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn replaced Ed Miliband as party leader on a landslide as he trounced his opponents with 59.4% of first-preference votes.

His nearest rival Andy Burnham gained 19% of votes, while Yvette Cooper received 17% and “Blairite” Liz Kendall finished last.

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans, who represents Boney Hay and Central ward at Lichfield District Council, called on the Islington MP to keep his promise to appoint women to his shadow cabinet.

She said: “I am very disappointed by the result of the Labour leadership contest to be honest.

“But we now have to get behind Jeremy, some of us do not agree with his policies, but we will try our level best to win in 2020 and the party will continue to be united.

“I hope Jeremy keeps his promise to bring more women into the shadow cabinet, as it is disappointing that we only have Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale at the top.”

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has been elected deputy leader of the Labour Party.

He saw off four other candidates for the job – Ben Bradshaw, Stella Creasy, Angela Eagle and Caroline Flint.

Cllr Evans said she hopes the new leadership pairing will provide a better offering for Lichfield and Burntwood residents in the future.

She explained: “We need to be electable, and as far as getting the message across locally during the general election we didn’t do that.

“I’m pleased for Tom as he will act as a voice of reason for the party, and I hope he will be having a chat with Jeremy about a few things.

“Once Jeremy says a few things in parliament people will see we can win the election. I hope Lichfield and Burntwood residents and people across the country will support or continue to support us.”

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  1. ErIc.N.Drinkwater

    12th September, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I hope that people do not think Diane is the voice of the Burntwood Labour Party. I for one do not agree as other speakers throughout the day have said including Jeremy it is time to be United.

  2. Rob

    12th September, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    “We need to be electable, and as far as getting the message across locally during the general election we didn’t do that.”
    Oh you did, as shown by the results.
    Anyway, that’s the second leadership contest running where the winner is the one most Labour MPs didn’t want. Quite an achievemnet, thank goodness you’re not in charge of anything.