“It’s obviously regrettable when colleagues decide they no longer wish to be part of the team, especially when it’s related to national issues over which we have no control.
“Whilst we respect the decision Kath and Shannon have made, we are disappointed that they have chosen to take this path and abandon the hard work of local members and the local residents that elected them.
“Despite this, our focus will remain on delivering for residents across the High Peak and doing what we can to minimise the impact of poor decisions by our current Government.”
Cllr Fiona Sloman, Chair of High Peak Constituency Labour Party (CLP) said: “High Peak CLP has a history of being a broad church – it is friendly, energetic and united in its twin goals of electing a Labour MP and a Labour council.
“I am therefore disappointed as the Chair of the local party, and indeed personally, that two Labour councillors have resigned from the party and the council without discussion and with apparent disregard for the consequences.
“Frankly the people of Whaley Bridge have also been let down but we will seek to ensure their proper representation.”