A VOCAL Labour critic of Jeremy Corbyn has said there may be no point attempting to depose him despite the result of the EU referendum.
Rachel Rogers, a former councillor who was a candidate to be Dorset’s police and crime commissioner, said it was better to allow his leadership to come to a “natural end”.
Mr Corbyn faces a vote of no confidence from his own MPs tonight after a series of resignations from his shadow cabinet.
Ms Rogers said: “I think Jeremy Corbyn should be taking responsibility and accountability for the poor performance of his team – not the Labour party – during the Remain campaign.
“The Labour party nationally was fully committed to membership of the EU. It was in our manifesto in 2015
“Unfortunately, very shortly after that, the Labour party chose to elect a known Euro-sceptic to be leader and we’ve seen the result of that.
“However, I’m not sure that getting rid of him as leader is the right thing to do at the moment because I suspect if that was done, we would just end up with him as leader again.
“I think we have to allow things to come to a natural end.”
Patrick Canavan, chairman of Bournemouth Labour Party and its most recent candidate for police and crime commissioner, said the party infighting was “deeply disappointing”.
He believed Mr Corbyn’s future could be determined by MPs without members getting a say.
“Although I think there’s a very large volume of support for Jeremy within the party, he has to get on the ballot paper and I think that’s going to be difficult,” he said.
“We really need some time to pull the party together because the EU referendum was a big shock.
“We didn’t lose it. The Remain camp didn’t lose because of any fault on the part of Jeremy. They lost it because of the lies by the Leave campaign which they’re now busy pedalling back from, like £350million a week for the NHS.”
Former Labour general election candidate David Stokes said: “I was saddened and disappointed by the events of Thursday night although not surprised. It was clear where I was campaigning in Christchurch that a lot of people were for getting out.”
He said Jeremy Corbyn was still the best person to lead Labour, although he was “very worried” about what will happen next.
“It is clear to me that Jeremy still has huge support among the party rank and file, but clearly not at Westminster,” he said.
“He represents the view of the ordinary voter. It was obvious that he was not 100 per cent in favour of the EU.”