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Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner resigns from shadow cabinet over Labour's Brexit policy

Daniel Zeichner has stood down as Shadow Transport Minister. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner has resigned from the Labour frontbench over the party's policy on Brexit.

Mr Zeichner decided to step down from his position as Shadow Transport Minister in order to vote in favour of an amendment to the Queen's Speech supporting the UK's membership of the single market - despite leader Jeremy Corbyn telling MPs to abstain.

The amendment was tabled by former Shadow Cabinet Minister Chuka Umunna, and was backed by 49 Labour MPs.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wanted MPs to abstain from voting. Credit: PA

It is with great regret that I announce my resignation as Shadow Transport Minister. It has been an honour to serve and make a real difference especially in bus regulation.

However my position on Europe has always been clear. I am a passionate pro-European and a straight-forward politician.

I promised the people of Cambridge I would stick to my principles and I would do right by our city - that means voting with my conscience and doing all I can to oppose the Tories’ extreme Brexit which would, in my opinion, damage our economy, our security and our society as a whole.

I will continue to make this case, and the case for the many progressive, radical Labour policies in our manifesto to transform our society, from the backbenches.

– Daniel Zeichner, Cambridge MP