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Shadow attorney general Catherine McKinnell resigns

Catherine McKinnell has returned to the backbenches. Credit: PA

Shadow attorney general Catherine McKinnell has resigned from Labour's front bench, citing "concerns about the direction and internal conflict" within the party.

Ms McKinnell said she had shared leader Jeremy Corbyn's desire for a "new kind of politics".

But she told him: "As events have unfolded over recent weeks, my concerns about the direction and internal conflict within the Labour Party have only grown, and I fear this is taking us down an increasingly negative path."

She also cited the inability to speak up on matters important to her Newcastle North constituency and "the logistics of managing family life" following the birth of her third child as reasons behind her decision.

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