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Corbyn fills four vacancies in his shadow cabinet

Jeremy Corbyn has filled four vacancies in his shadow cabinet following the Brexit vote.

The Labour leader appointed Rebecca Long-Bailey as shadow business secretary, Sue Hayman as shadow environment secretary, Christina Rees as shadow Wales secretary and Peter Dowd as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury

In total, 52 Labour MPs rebelled against Mr Corbyn's orders and voted against triggering Article 50 on Wednesday night.

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Corbyn wishes Lewis well after resignation

Jeremy Corbyn has told Labour MPs to back the Brexit Bill. Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn has said he wishes Clive Lewis well and "looks forward to working with him in the future" after he resigned from the shadow cabinet.

Mr Corbyn has told Labour MPs to back the Brexit Bill at its third reading, something Mr Lewis said he could not do.

The Labour leader said: “I would like to thank Clive for his work in the shadow cabinet, which has underlined what an asset he is to the Labour Party and our movement.

“I understand the difficulties MPs representing constituencies which voted Remain have in relation to the European Union Withdrawal Bill. MPs have a duty to represent their constituents as well as their party.

“However, the Labour Party respects the outcome of the EU referendum, so we have asked all Labour MPs to vote for the Bill at its third reading tonight.

“We have been clear from the start that Labour will not frustrate the triggering of Article 50, which represents the start of the process for leaving the EU."

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