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Corbyn reshuffles shadow cabinet in wake of resignations

Jeremy Corbyn pictured leaving his home this morning Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn has promoted key allies following a revolt against his leadership of the Labour Party.

Corbyn's reshuffle:

  • Emily Thornberry will be shadow foreign secretary
  • Diane Abbott will be shadow health secretary
  • Pat Glass will be shadow education secretary
  • Andy McDonald will be shadow transport minister
  • Clive Lewis will be shadow defence minister
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey will be shadow chief secretary
  • Kate Osamor will be the new shadow development secretary
  • Rachael Maskell will be shadow environment food and rural affairs secretary
  • Cat Smith is the shadow voter engagement and youth affairs minister
  • Dave Anderson will be shadow Northern Ireland secretary

Nineteen Labour MPs have been either been sacked or resigned from their positions in the party in protest at his leadership.

A motion of no confidence is set to be considered at the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting today, with the possibility of a secret vote on Tuesday.

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Three more Labour MPs resign from shadow cabinet

Diana Johnson, Anna Turley and Toby Perkins resigned on Monday

Three more shadow cabinet ministers have quit their posts following a mass exodus of their colleagues over the weekend.

Diana Johnson has resigned as a shadow foreign minister, Anna Turley as shadow minister for civil society and Toby Perkins has resigned as shadow armed forces minister saying that the Labour Party "needs a change at the top".

Jeremy Corbyn has now lost 15 members of his shadow cabinet.

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Karl Turner quits shadow cabinet

Karl Turner Credit: PA

Karl Turner has become the latest Labour MP to quit the shadow cabinet, following several other high-profile resignations on Sunday.

Karl Turner was Shadow Attorney General and MP for Kingston Upon Hull.

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Vernon Coaker resigns from the shadow cabinet

Vernon Coaker, former Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Credit: Reuters

The shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland Vernon Coaker has joined seven other members of the shadow cabinet and resigned.

The resignations follow the sacking of shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn overnight.

He has released a statement saying he believes it is "time for the party to unite behind a new leader" and serve as an "effective opposition".

He adds: "I have sought to make it my priority to provide reassurance to the people and political parties of Northern Ireland that Labour remains committed to the principle of consent, as expressed through the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements.

"I know my successor in this role continues this vital work."

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