Labour party's shadow attorney general McKinnell resigns

The Labour party has suffered another setback after shadow attorney general Catherine McKinnell resigned and returned to the back benches.

Writing to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, McKinnell said: "I have found it increasingly difficult not to be able to speak up in the commons about matters that are of huge importance to my constituents."

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Last week Corbyn embarked on his front bench shake-up, which some critics labelled a "revenge" reshuffle.

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Yet, while McKinnel said she had huge respect for Corbyn personally, she added that she had concerns over "the direction and internal conflict within the Labour party", which she fears is taking it down an increasingly negative path.

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