Jeremy Corbyn backed by five Barking and Dagenham councillors
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Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn has the backing of at least five Barking and Dagenham councillors.
The much-talked about Islington North MP has divided opinion ever since his last-minute entry into the four-way contest, and five of the borough’s elected Labour representatives are championing the veteran left-winger.
Albion’s Cllr Sanchia Alasia, Eastbrook’s Cllr Mick Mccarthy and Chadwell Heath’s Cllr Sam Tarry have publicly declared their support alongside Whalebone pair Cllrs Liam Smith and John White.
The group are part of more than 450 local councillors from across the UK who have endorsed Mr Corbyn on his campaign website, as he battles against Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.
At least eight councillors have backed Miss Kendall including Mayesbrook duo Cllrs Adegboyega Oluwole and Kashif Haroon, Alibon’s Cllr Christopher Hughes, Cllr Faraaz Shaukat from Eastbury ward and Becontree representative Cllr Faruk Choudhury.
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Goresbrook’s Cllr Moin Quadri, Cllr Syed Ghani of Valence ward and deputy council leader Cllr Saima Ashraf – a ward councillor for Gascoigne – are also listed on the Leicester West MP’s campaign page.
Cllr Syed Ahammad of Longbdidge ward has pledged his support for Miss Cooper.
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