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Malhotra resigns as shadow chief secretary to Treasury

Seema Malhotra is one of a number of Labour cabinet members to have resigned on Sunday. Credit: PA

Seema Malhotra, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, has resigned from the shadow cabinet, sources said.

The MP is one of seven Labour cabinet members to have quit on Sunday, but ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has said this resignation is "different" as she is closer to Mr Corbyn that her colleagues.

Kerry McCarthy resigns as shadow environment secretary

Kerry McCarthy has resigned as shadow environment secretary in protest of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party.

Kerry McCarthy is one of six Labour shadow cabinet members who have resigned today. Credit: PA

The Bristol East MP joins Lilian Greenwood, Lucy Powell, Ian Murray, Gloria De Piero and Heidi Alexander, who have also stepped down from their roles.

In her resignation letter, she said: "Although I do not doubt your personal commitment to your long-held principles, I believe that a new leader is needed to take on the challenges ahead: Steering our way through the very difficult period facing this country, exerting a decisive influence on the post-referendum negotiations, and winning broad-based electoral support."

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Burnham will not take part in 'coup' against Corbyn

Andy Burnham (L) said he would not be joining other Labour MPs moving against Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: PA

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has said he will not be taking part in a "coup" against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"At an uncertain time like this for our country, I cannot see how it makes sense for the Opposition to plunge itself into a civil war," he said.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary considering defecting

Vernon Coaker said cabinet members are considering their options Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker said he is considering joining mass defections from the cabinet.

"All of us are going to have to consider the positions that we hold and the best way forward for our party," he told the BBC's Sunday Politics East Midlands.

Clearly we are all going to have to reflect on what that should be, whether we stay or whether we go. That's a decision I will have to make along with all of my colleagues

– Vernon Coaker

It came as Pat McFadden, who was sacked by Mr Corbyn from the shadow cabinet earlier this year for disloyalty, said the leader was "losing the confidence of those who are working most closely with him".

He expressed fears that a split may leave the party unable to effectively take on the Conservatives if a snap general election is called, in comments to Sky's Murngahan show.

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