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Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens quits shadow cabinet over Article 50 vote

Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens has resigned from her position in the shadow cabinet.

The Labour MP for Cardiff Central said she will vote against the three-line whip to trigger article 50.

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Corbyn reacts to loss of 'great asset' Jo Stevens

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he understands Jo Stevens' difficulty with being asked to vote in favour of triggering Brexit. But in his response to her resignation, he said it was right that their party respected the referendum result.

I would like to thank Jo Stevens for her work as shadow Welsh Secretary. She is a great asset to the Labour Party and a strong voice for Wales.

I understand the difficulties that Jo, and other MPs, have when facing the Article 50 Bill. Those MPs with strong Remain constituencies are understandably torn.

However, it is right that the Labour Party respects the outcome of the referendum on leaving the European Union. We have said all along that Labour will not frustrate the triggering of Article 50 and to that end we are asking all MPs to vote for the Bill at its second reading next week.

I wish Jo Stevens well and look forward to working with her in the future.

– Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP

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