Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell has become one of eleven shadow cabinet ministers to quit Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet as the crisis following Thursday’s Brexit continues to send shockwaves through the political establishment.
In her resignation letter which she published on Twitter she told the Labour leader tha it had become increasingly clear that his position has become untenable and that he can no longer command the support of the shadow cabinet, the Parliamentary Party and more importantly the Country.
The shadow education spokesman and former advisor to Ed Miliband is the seventh member of the team to resign following the overnight sacking of the shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn. The list includes Heidi Alexander, Gloria Del Piero, Ian Murray, Lilian Greenwood, Kerry MCCarthy, Seema Malhotra, Vernon Coaker, Lord Falconer, Chris Bryant and Karl Turner.
Meanwhile MP for Leigh and candidate for Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has urged the party not to descend into civil war. Writing also on Twitter, he says that at an uncertain time like this for our country, I cannot see how it makes sense for the Opposition to plunge itself into a civil war, adding
“I have never taken part in a coup against any Leader of the Labour Party and I am not going to start now. is for our members to decide who leads our Party & 10 months ago they gave Jeremy Corbyn a resounding mandate. I respect that & them.”