John Leech has criticised Manchester’s local Labour MPs after all five failed to stand up for jobs in the city by refusing to back a crucial amendment defending Britain's place in the single market.
An amendment to the Withdrawal Bill tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake would have left open membership of the single market, but was defeated last night after the Labour leadership ordered their MPs to abstain.
This comes despite Labour claiming earlier this week that their policy is to keep membership of the single market on the table.
Liberal Democrat Councillor John Leech, who led Manchester’s #INtogether Remain campaign, said:
"Once again, Labour in Manchester have shamefully failed to stand up for the jobs in our city that depend on trade with Europe.
"On the biggest issue facing the country in a generation, they chose to sit on their hands instead of standing up for what's best for our area.
"Labour claim they want to keep open the option of staying in the single market, but then vote against an amendment that would do exactly that.
"This is a betrayal of all the people in Manchester who voted overwhelmingly to remain and Manchester Labour should be ashamed.
"It's clear the Liberal Democrats are the only party that is prepared to stand up to the government on Brexit and give people the final say on the deal, with the choice to stay in the EU."