Jennie Formby has confirmed her resignation as the General Secretary of the Labour Party, a role that she has held since April 2018 when she succeeded Iain McNicol. Formby was a loyal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn during his period as leader and it is thought that Keir Starmer was looking towards seeing if a new general secretary could be found.
“When I applied for the role of General Secretary in 2018 it was because I wanted to support Jeremy Corbyn, who inspired so many people to get involved in politics with his message of hope, equality and peace. It has been a huge privilege to be General Secretary of the largest political party in Europe for the last two years, but now we have a new leadership team it is the right time to step down.”
Keir Starmer, the party leader, said in a statement:
“I would like to thank Jennie for her service, and for the personal and professional efforts she has made in advancing the cause she has fought all her life for. Jennie has led our party’s organisation with commitment and energy through a period of political upheaval, including a snap General Election last year. I wish her the very best for the future”.