Paul Flynn to be appointed Shadow Welsh Secretary

Newport West MP Paul Flynn is to be appointed Shadow Welsh Secretary. He initially stepped to Labour's front bench on Thursday following mass resignations from the shadow cabinet.

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Labour: Nick Smith becomes latest Welsh MP to resign

Nick Smith has become the latest Welsh MP to resign from his position on the Labour front bench.

The Blaenau Gwent MP said in his resignation letter that he was "afraid for the future" of Labour with Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

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Corbyn has seen mass resignations from the front bench in recent days, including a number of Welsh MPs.

But he has refused to resign as Labour leader, despite the party's MPs overwhelmingly backing a vote of no confidence.

A total of 172 MPs said they had no confidence in Corbyn compared to 40 who backed him.

Corbyn has remained defiant, saying the ballot had "no constitutional legitimacy" and he would "not betray" the party members who elected him by resigning.

Torfaen MP resigns from Corbyn's shadow cabinet

The latest Labour MP to resign as a shadow minister is Nick Thomas-Symonds who represents Torfaen.

The Shadow Employment Minister said the decision was made with "enormous regret".

Labour MP Nick Thomas-Symonds who represents Torfaen. Credit: ITV News


Nia Griffith becomes latest Welsh MP to step down

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Shadow Welsh Secretary Nia Griffith has become the latest MP to resign from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.

This morning I met with Jeremy Corbyn, to discuss the much needed leadership and unity that the Party needs in the light of the referendum aftermath and a potentially imminent general election.

However I do not feel that our discussions this morning gave me the confidence that he could now achieve this unity. I have therefore tendered my resignation as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.

I made clear to Jeremy that I have always admired his commitment to the causes that matter to him, but last week’s referendum result and the likelihood of an early general election mean that the party now requires new leadership. Jeremy has lost the confidence of the party, including many members who initially supported him, and he should now do the honourable thing and resign.

It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as Shadow Welsh Secretary for the past nine months, in particular to play my part in re-electing a Welsh Labour Government which is now more important than ever before.

– Nia Griffith MP, Llanelli

Welsh Labour MP 'suspects Corbyn voted for Brexit'

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Senior Labour MP Chris Bryant says he suspects that Jeremy Corbyn voted for Brexit after the party leader declined to tell him which way he cast his ballot.

Chris Bryant said he posed the question directly as he warned Mr Corbyn he would "destroy" the party unless he stepped aside and did not seek re-election, but received no answer.

Jeremy's management of the campaign for the referendum left many voters on polling day not even knowing which way Jeremy himself was going to vote.

I suspect that Jeremy may have voted to leave.

Not only is that a betrayal of Labour's historic position on the European Union - a fundamental economic and foreign policy objective of ours - but also it means that if he were to lead is into a general election, the latest poll shows we would lose 150 seats, we would be a rump of 75 Members of Parliament.

I said to Jeremy last night 'look, I've tried to make this work but the only person who can make this work is you, by stepping aside and not standing in the subsequent election and letting somebody else take over the reins because otherwise you will destroy the Labour Party'.

– Chris Bryant, Rhondda MP

Labour MP Wayne David quits Corbyn's front bench

Labour MP for Caerphilly Wayne David has quit his party's front bench calling on Jeremy Corbyn to quite as leader.

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Wayne David says Corbyn’s lack of enthusiasm for Labour’s Referendum campaign and his response to the Referendum result has highlighted Mr Corbyn’s inability to be an effective Leader.

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