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Darlington MP Jenny Chapman resigns from education team

Darlington MP Jenny Chapman is the latest MP to resign from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.

Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington Credit: PA

The shadow minister for Early Years and Childcare posted a letter on her Facebook page explaining her decisions.

In it she says she 'admires' Mr Corbyn and shares his values, but says it has 'become clear' he cannot 'hold our Labour team together.' Credit: Facebook / Jenny Chapman

Dear Jeremy

I am resigning from my position on the education team today.

I admire you and share your values. My hope is that we can unite as a party around a leader with the same sense of social justice as yours, but with the ability to bring the country together at a time of deep division.

My constituents in Darlington have made it clear to me that they cannot support the Labour Party under your leadership. If we can't win in Darlington, we can't win the country. This matters more than anybody's political position.

My town is being battered by this heinous Tory government, and much as I've supported you, this weekend it's become clear that you can't hold our Labour team together. The uncomfortable truth is that Labour needs a leader who can reach out more widely."

– Darlington MP Jenny Chapman

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