Labour’s general secretary under Corbyn declares support for Greens

Controversy-hit Greens have a ‘much more transformative agenda’, claims Jennie Formby


Jennie Formby Credit: PA Images

A leading Labour official under Jeremy Corbyn has announced that she will be voting for the Green Party at the upcoming general election.

Jennie Formby, the Corbyn loyalist who served as general secretary of the Labour Party between April 2018 and May 2020, posted on X that while the Green Party’s policies were “not perfect”, they boasted a “much more transformative agenda”.

Formby, who served as a regional secretary at the Unite union before working for the Labour Party, added that “people can’t just keep voting Labour ‘because we’ve got to get the Tories out’. They’re out anyway so we should vote for parties that genuinely represent what we believe in – which may well be independents.”

She resigned as from her role shortly after Sir Keir Starmer’s election as Labour Party leader.

His predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, who has represented the London seat of Islington North since 1983, is standing as an independent candidate as he was blocked from standing for Labour.

John Spellar, the veteran MP for Warley in the West Midlands and founder of moderate party group Labour First, who is standing down at this election, slammed Formby’s decision. He told the JC that “Formby was a leading figure in a group who nearly destroyed the Labour Party. Now that we’re back to winning she’s trying to damage it further.”

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