Senior Labour leaders from the Midlands resign

Five senior Labour leaders from the Midlands have resigned from the Shadow Cabinet today in protest of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

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Vernon Coaker resigns from the shadow cabinet

Vernon Coaker, former Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Credit: Reuters

The shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland Vernon Coaker has joined seven other members of the shadow cabinet and resigned.

The resignations follow the sacking of shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn overnight.

He has released a statement saying he believes it is "time for the party to unite behind a new leader" and serve as an "effective opposition".

He adds: "I have sought to make it my priority to provide reassurance to the people and political parties of Northern Ireland that Labour remains committed to the principle of consent, as expressed through the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements.

"I know my successor in this role continues this vital work."

MP for Stoke-on-Trent North resigns from shadow cabinet post

The MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, Ruth Smeeth, has also resigned from the Shadow Cabinet as Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Shadow Northern Ireland & Scotland teams.

MP for Stoke-on-Trent North resigns from shadow cabinet post Credit: PA

Two West Midlands MPs resign from shadow cabinet posts

Two more West Midlands MP's have resigned from the Shadow Cabinet in protest over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

Jack Dromey MP for Birmingham Erdington has resigned as Shadow Policing Minister as he believes the Labour party 'cannot fight back and win' with Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

Meanwhile, Richard Burden MP for Birmingham Northfield has resigned as Shadow Transport Minister.

Mr Burden said in his resignation letter: "I honestly believe that for you to respond by digging yourself deeper into your trench is just going to make a bad situation worse, regardless of how many troops in the broader Party you believe will go over the top for you."

Birmingham Yardley MP calls for calm: "Any of the hate crimes we're seeing have got to stop"

Following the historic Brexit Vote the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley Jess Phillips says it's a time for diverse communities to come together.

She herself favoured remaining in the EU but says the priority now is to look to the future. She's also been explaining why she resigned from her junior post in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet today.

She spoke to our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie:


Labour leader told 'expect a leadership challenge'

Pictured together earlier this month Credit: PA

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been told by deputy leader Tom Watson during crisis talks that he is likely to face a leadership challenge, a senior party source said.

The meeting between Mr Corbyn and the West Bromwich MP was described as "civil" by a spokesman for the leader.

The spokesman said there was "categorically not" any call from Mr Watson for Mr Corbyn to quit.

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Jeremy Corbyn vows to fight on as Labour leader

Jeremy Corbyn said he will reshape his shadow cabinet in the next 24 hours. Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not "betray the trust of those who voted for me" as he vowed to stay on as Labour leader.

Mr Corbyn said he will stand in any fresh leadership election, adding that he will reshape his shadow cabinet over the next 24 hours following a wave of resignations.

He said: "I was elected by hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members and supporters with an overwhelming mandate for a different kind of politics.

"I regret there have been resignations today from my shadow cabinet. But I am not going to betray the trust of those who voted for me – or the millions of supporters across the country who need Labour to represent them.

"Those who want to change Labour’s leadership will have to stand in a democratic election, in which I will be a candidate."

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