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Kinnock: 'I believe Corbyn should go'

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has said he believes Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn should resign in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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It comes after Mr Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn as shadow foreign secretary after reports he was co-ordinating a movement to unseat the party leader.

Jeremy Corbyn said has no intention of stepping down as leader of the Labour party, a spokesman said today.

Mr Kinnock told Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan that the party needs a 'hard-headed negotiator'.

I think that what we need now is a hard-headed negotiator. Jeremy is a man of enormous integrity and decency and he has been very effective as a campaigner on issues that he has got a real interest in campaigning on for many, many years.

The job description has changed, these Brexit negotiations are going to dominate British politics for the next three, five, ten years and we need a Leader of the Opposition who really understands that in terms of how the EU is going to work and also ensuring that we’ve got a co-ordinated approach

– Stephen Kinnock MP, Aberavon

He added that the job to lead the opposition party following the EU referendum has 'changed completely'.

"These are extraordinary times, unique and unprecedented and the leader of the Labour party has to reflect that".

Mr Kinnock also added he did not consider himself as a candidate for the role.

There are lots of very, very talented people in very senior positions. I’ve only been an MP for one year, the key thing now is to look at what the candidates have got to say, set their stall out and what I think is very important is that they frame that in the context of Brexit."

– Stephen Kinnock MP, Aberavon
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