Central Manchester MP, Peter Bunting, says like many comrades, he too is very disappointed that talented colleagues who supported his presidential challenge have been excluded from the new Shadow Cabinet.
Mr. Bunting made the comment in a whatsapp post to comrades on the weekend. The post has also been posted on social media.
Bunting wrote that since the announcement of the new Shadow Cabinet, many comrades have expressed the concern that talented colleagues who’ve been excluded from that body are being victimized.
He says in those circumstances, some comrades have suggested that he should decline a shadow cabinet assignment in solidarity with the excluded colleagues.
Mr. Bunting says the exclusion of some colleagues who supported his candidacy risks de-motivating many party workers and supporters.
He says the exclusion also promotes factionalism within the PNP.
But Mr. Bunting says he agreed to serve in the Shadow Cabinet consistent with his public commitment to accept the outcome of the recent internal election.
He says he also accepted the appointment consistent with his commitment to work as part of a united effort to secure victory for the PNP in the next general election.
Mr. Bunting says he discussed the issue extensively with his excluded colleagues and it is with their unconditional encouragement and support, he accepted the shadow cabinet appointment.
Bunting says the MPs and Councillors who supported his Rise United movement will continue to speak on issues of national importance.
He says he’s fully committed to supporting these colleagues in their bid for re-election.