Shadow cabinet resignations: who has gone so far

Hilary BennThe shadow foreign secretary was sacked in a 1am phone call on Sunday after making clear that he had lost faith in Corbyn’s leadership.


The son of Corbyn’s former mentor Tony Benn, his card had been marked as a potential threat by the leader’s office after intervening in last December’s parliamentary debate on whether to launch airstrikes against Syria.

Heidi Alexander
The shadow health secretary has gained fans within the party for mastering the health brief and holding Jeremy Hunt to account. As MP for Lewisham East, she backed Andy Burnham to be leader last year and emailed activists during the campaign to say that Corbyn’s election “would cause division within the party”.

Gloria De Piero
The MP for Ashfield and former GMTV presenter was a surprise member of Corbyn’s shadow cabinet given that she is a member of the Blairite pressure group Progress. The shadow minister for young people and voter registration is seen as a prized asset by the party because she is a working-class woman who cuts through to its traditional core voters in northern constituencies.

Ian Murray
The Scottish secretary was seen as impossible to sack because he is Labour’s only surviving MP following the 2015 rout of Scottish Labour by the SNP. Murray, 39, is a party moderate who has attempted to work with Corbyn. Colleagues say he has become increasingly vocal in shadow cabinet meetings about Corbyn’s alleged inability to lead a campaign.

Lilian Greenwood
The shadow secretary for transport took up the job in 2011 under Ed Miliband. Closely associated with Unison, the MP for Nottingham South is one of a group of union-backed frontbenchers who believe that Corbyn cannot carry on as leader.

Lucy Powell
The shadow education secretary ran Ed Miliband’s successful campaign to become Labour leader. The MP for Manchester Central is the daughter of a social worker and a headteacher, and was born and bred in Manchester. Powell disclosed in September that she had not spoken to Corbyn during her previous three years in parliament. She was one of a handful of party centrists who received promotions under his leadership last year.

Kerry McCarthy

The shadow environment secretary was once seen as a Gordon Brown loyalist and supported Ed Balls against Ed Miliband in their leadership battle. The MP for Bristol East was said to be unhappy with Corbyn’s plans to scrap Trident and has expressed concerns about Corbyn’s lack of leadership to friends.

Seema Malhotra

The shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, had previously remained loyal to Corbyn despite being understood to have had some personal misgivings with his ability to lead and his economic policies. The MP for Feltham and Heston is a former adviser to Corbyn critics Liam Byrne and Ian Austin.


Andy Burnham
The shadow home secretary has tweeted that he is not “going to take part in a coup”. Burnham, the MP for Leigh, ran for leader and lost out to Ed Miliband in 2010. In the last Labour government he served as chief secretary to the Treasury, culture secretary and secretary of state for health. He hopes to be Greater Manchester’s first directly elected mayor in a vote next May.

Powered by article was written by Rajeev Syal, for on Sunday 26th June 2016 13.17 Europe/ © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010