Three more Labour shadow ministers have resigned from the party’s frontbench – taking today’s total to five – over their decision to ignore the leadership’s instruction to abstain from the vote on whether or not to call a second referendum.
It had been reported that Justin Madders, Emma Lewell-Buck and Yvonne Fovargue were among four shadow ministers asked to resign by Jeremy Corbyn’s office. All of them voted against the second referendum amendment today. A statement just released by the Labour leader reads:
The first to go today was Ruth Smeeth, who resigned prior to the vote so she could defy Corbyn’s order. Stephanie Peacock, the other of the four asked to resign afterwards, announced she had agreed to do so about a hour ago.