Labour MP who quit post over Corbyn leadership returns to role

A Labour MP who quit the shadow cabinet over Jeremy Corbyn's "untenable" leadership of the party has returned to the front bench after asking for her job back.

Sarah Champion resigned in June as 172 of Labour's MPs backed a vote of no confidence in the leader, saying at the time, "I can only do what I feel is right, even though it's breaking my heart."

"I can assure you I've not joined any coup, just think Jeremy's position is no longer tenable if we're to be effective," she added.

But the Rotherham MP has now returned to her post as a shadow home office minister, focusing on women, equality and domestic violence issues.

A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn encouraged other senior Labour MPs who quit as part of the rebellion to come back to the front bench.

"There's always work to be done. We hope that others will rejoin the shadow cabinet and get on with the job of opposing the Government," the spokesman said.

The embattled Labour leader faces a challenge to his position from former shadow cabinet minister Owen Smith.