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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Tom Watson 'saddened' by Labour resignations

Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn speak at a Remain rally in London. Credit: Reuters

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has said he is "extremely disappointed" that Hilary Benn has been sacked by Jeremy Corbyn.

He added that he was "equally saddened" by the resignation of eight members of the shadow cabinet on Sunday.

Mr Watson said his focus was to "hold the Labour Party together in very turbulent times", and added that he will meet Jeremy Corbyn on Monday to discuss the "way forward".

I was deeply disappointed to see Hilary Benn sacked in the early hours of this morning and equally saddened that so many talented, able and hard-working colleagues felt they had to leave the shadow cabinet.

My single focus is to hold the Labour party together in very turbulent times. The nation needs an effective opposition, particularly as the current leadership of the country is so lamentable.

It's very clear to me that we are heading for an early general election and the Labour party must be ready to form a Government. There’s much work to do. I will be meeting Jeremy Corbyn tomorrow morning to discuss the way forward.

– Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson

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Shadow Northern Ireland secretary considering defecting

Vernon Coaker said cabinet members are considering their options Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker said he is considering joining mass defections from the cabinet.

"All of us are going to have to consider the positions that we hold and the best way forward for our party," he told the BBC's Sunday Politics East Midlands.

Clearly we are all going to have to reflect on what that should be, whether we stay or whether we go. That's a decision I will have to make along with all of my colleagues

– Vernon Coaker

It came as Pat McFadden, who was sacked by Mr Corbyn from the shadow cabinet earlier this year for disloyalty, said the leader was "losing the confidence of those who are working most closely with him".

He expressed fears that a split may leave the party unable to effectively take on the Conservatives if a snap general election is called, in comments to Sky's Murngahan show.

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