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Labour General Secretary Jennie Formby resigns

The Labour Party's General Secretary Jennie Formby has resigned.

A statement released on behalf of Formby on Monday read;

“When I applied for the role of general secretary in 2018 it was because I wanted to support Jeremy Corbyn, who inspired so many people to get involved in politics with his message of hope, equality and peace.

“It has been a huge privilege to be general secretary of the largest political party in Europe for the last two years, but now we have a new leadership team it is the right time to step down.

“I would like to thank Jeremy, our members and my staff colleagues who have given me so much support during what has been a very challenging period, in particular when I was suffering from ill-health.

“I wish Keir and Angela the very best of luck in taking the party forward and leading Labour to victory at the next general election”.

Ms Formby is a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, who stood down last month as Sir Keir Starmer was elected the new leader of the Labour Party on April 4, 2020.

Sir Keir Starmer has thanked Ms Formby for her service, saying "Jennie has led our party’s organisation with commitment and energy through a period of political upheaval, including a snap general election last year. I wish her the very best for the future".

It is understood a meeting of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) officers will be arranged shortly to discuss a timetable for the election of a new general secretary. 

 

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