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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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Stevens praised as 'principled' and 'effective'

Westminster reaction to Jo Stevens' resignation has included this supportive tweet from Labour peer and former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain.

One of the ministers she faced in the Commons has also praised her work as shadow Welsh Secretary -before highlighting Labour's troubles,

Jo Stevens was an effective shadow Welsh Secretary during the short period in which she held the role. Her resignation is unsurprising and it clearly demonstrates the chaos that exists within the Labour ranks.

– Wales Office Minister Guto Bebb MP

The Liberal Democrats, who lost Cardiff Central to Jo Stevens in the 2015 General Election, were similarly unable to resist focussing on Labour's difficulties.

Labour's shambolic attempt at opposition has given Theresa May a blank cheque on Brexit. Jo Stevens' resignation is an admission that she just can't persuade Jeremy Corbyn to stand in true opposition to this Conservative Brexit government.

– Cardiff Liberal Democrats Spokesperson

Plaid Cymru questioned Labour's commitment to representing Wales at Westminster after losing its fourth shadow Welsh Secretary in two years.

It is regrettable that the Labour Party has failed to put the interests of the country first rather than infighting with their leader and each other, playing musical chairs while the Welsh national interest is being drowned out by the right-wing Westminster establishment.

– Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts

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