MPs hail election of new Labour leader

Jeremy Corbyn has been elected Labour Party leader
Jeremy Corbyn has been elected Labour Party leader
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Two Fylde coast MPs have offered their congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn after he was elected as the new leader of the Labour Party.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South and Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, hailed the 66-year-old’s crushing election victory at the weekend.

Cat Smith MP

Cat Smith MP

Mr Corbyn won close to 60 per cent of the votes – beating fellow candidates Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.

And Mr Corbyn had Mr Marsden to thank in part after the resort MP picked him to stand in June, helping secure the 35 nominations he needed from Labour MPs to join the vote minutes before the candidacy deadline passed.

Mr Marsden, who had admitted at the time to supporting Yvette Cooper’s leadership campaign, tweeted the Labour Party’s new leader praising his victory.

He added: “Congratulations on a resounding victory as new leader and hopes for energy of contest galvanising skills policy and adult education.”

Mr Corbyn started forming his shadow cabinet yesterday, earning praise from Cat Smith, who said the appointments – which included Mr Burnham as shadow home secretary – signalled a “different” approach.

“There are going to be new people brought in and these are fresh faces and it is a sign we are going to do politics in a new way and different way,” she said.

“These have been appointments from all wings of the party, a really inclusive approach.”