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Jeremy Corbyn defends local Labour branches calling their MPs to account

Jeremy Corbyn has been talking to ITV News Anglia Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told ITV News Anglia that local party members have the right to question what their elected representatives do after one branch pass a vote of no confidence in their MP.

The Luton South MP Gavin Shuker has been a vocal critic of the Labour leadership and the direction the party is taking. Early this month, local party members passed a vote of no confidence in him

Jeremy Corbyn said MPs have to be accountable to the local party workers who put them forward to be elected.

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In a wide-ranging interview with ITV News Anglia Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson, Mr Corbyn also said he was "extremely disappointed" about the length of time it is taking the party to investigate sexual misconduct allegations again the Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins.

Mr Hopkins was suspended from the party since November 2017. The Labour leader said he had asked for the case to be processed as quickly as possible "because it is unfair on everybody."

The Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins has been suspended from the Labour party for nearly 11 months. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mr Corbyn said Labour will not rule out a second referendum on the deal to leave the European Union.