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Shadow ministers walk out in wake of Labour reshuffle

Three shadow ministers have resigned from their positions in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn's first reshuffle as Labour leader.

Shadow rail minister Jonathan Reynolds and shadow foreign affairs minister Stephen Doughty both stood down after expressing dismay at the treatment of colleague Pat McFadden, who was sacked as shadow Europe minister.

Later, Kevan Jones, shadow minister for the armed forces, resigned citing differences with the leader over the Trident nuclear deterrent.

Emily Thornberry, who opposes renewal of the programme, had been appointed to replace Maria Eagle overnight.

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Michael Dugher 'sacked' in Corbyn reshuffle

Michael Dugher had been an outspoken critic of his leader. Credit: PA

Shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher says he has been "sacked" as Jeremy Corbyn holds his first reshuffle since becoming leader.

The Barnsley MP, who had previously criticised Mr Corbyn in the media, said he wished Mr Corbyn a "happy new year" after being informed of the decision.

In a later tweet, Mr Dugher said Mr Corbyn had told him "he didn't like things I'd been writing", such as a New Statesman article urging him not to remove shadow ministers who had voted against the leader on extending airstrikes to Syria.

According to ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship, Mr Dugher was told over the phone that he would be losing his job.

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