Chesterfield MP ‘disappointed’ over referendum result

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins.
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins.

Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, has spoken of his ‘disappointment’ after the constituency voted to leave the European Union.

Mr Perkins says he hopes to release a full statement later today but said that he found some solace in the fact that the remain vote here was higher than in many other areas of Derbyshire and the north of England.

He also said that he thought questions which had been raised over whether Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, had done enough to put the case for remain during the campaign were ‘legitimate’.

Other Labour MPs have called for a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the leader to be tabled at Monday’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party at Westminster.

Mr Perkins said: “The vote will be a secret ballot and we will see what comes of it.

“The leader has spoken of wanting to encourage a gentler, kinder politics and whether we can discuss these issues in a comradely fashion will be a good test of that.