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Shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray resigns, reports claim

Shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray has resigned from the shadow cabinet, according to reports.

Ian Murray Credit: PA

He joins Heidi Alexander and Gloria De Piero in stepping down in the wake of the EU referendum, while Hilary Benn was sacked.

As Mr Murray was the only Labour MP north of the border, means the replacement shadow Scottish secretary will have to be a non-Scottish MP.

Liam Fox 'thinking about' running for new Prime Minister

Former defence secretary Liam Fox has admitted he is "thinking about" standing for the Tory leadership - making him the first potential contender to reveal his ambitions.

Liam Fox is "thinking about" running to replace David Cameron Credit: PA

Current Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation on Friday after losing the referendum campaign to remain in the EU.

Speaking on BBC1's Sunday Politics, Brexit-backing Dr Fox said he believed the October deadline set by Mr Cameron for a new leader should be extended until January next year.

It comes after Iain Duncan Smith said he believed the new Tory PM should come from the 'leave' camp.

Asked if he was running, Dr Fox said: "I have not decided yet. I am thinking about it, it would be dishonest to say otherwise. But I will make a decision once I have spoken to my colleagues in Parliament."


Gloria De Piero joins exodus of Labour shadow cabinet

Gloria De Piero has reportedly resigned from her position in Labour's shadow cabinet.

Gloria De Piero has reportedly resigned Credit: PA

The shadow minister for young people and voter registration joins former health secretary Heidi Alexander in stepping down.

Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn was sacked by leader Jeremy Corbyn overnight.

Alexander: Resigning 'only decent and honourable thing to do'

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Heidi Alexander has spoken about her decision to resign as shadow health secretary.

She told ITV's Peston on Sunday "the only decent and honourable thing to do was to resign" as she no longer had faith in Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

The MP said she asked herself could she "hand on heart" say that she felt that "Jeremy was the best person to be leading the Labour Party in developing the answers the country is demanding".

"And I didn't feel I could so that," Ms Alexander added.

When asked if she had any sense of any other potential cabinet resignations amid mass speculation that up to half of Corbyn's top team could be about to quit, Ms Alexander said "there are a few people who feel similarly to me".


Corbyn 'alienated both sides in EU debate', says Balls

Ed Balls said Labour needs a new leader as he accused Jeremy Corbyn of alienating "both sides" in the EU debate.

He told Peston on Sunday that the party "needs a change" to show it has a vision for the future in a general election that could take place within months.

"At a time when you have a big divide between urban Britain which wanted in and heartlands an rural Britain that wanted out, Jeremy Corbyn has actually managed to alienate both sides," he said.

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McDonnell says 'I will never stand for Labour leader'

John McDonnell insisted he will "never" stand for the Labour leadership as he said the party should stand by current head Jeremy Corbyn.

John McDonnell said the party must listen to members who overwhelmingly voted in Mr Corbyn Credit: PA

Labour MPs were being canvassed over their support for the shadow chancellor in a potential leadership takeover, ITV News understands.

However Mr McDonnell said he had no desire to take over the top job in an interview with the BBC's Sunday Politics programme, adding: "Jeremy's not going anywhere".

I will never stand for the leadership of the Labour Party. If Jeremy has to stand for another leadership election, I will chair his campaign and I think the Labour Party members will elect him again.

– John McDonell

Labour MPs 'canvassed for possible McDonnell takeover'

Labour MPs are being asked to support shadow chancellor John McDonnell in a potential leadership takeover, ITV News understands.

John McDonnell Credit: PA

A source within the party said shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra, has been ringing around to try to canvas support.

Reports suggest she may be among the wave of resignations by shadow cabinet members expected today.

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