The Labour party is to be thrown into fresh chaos as several of its whips, in charge of party discipline and voting, are set to walk out of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow team in response to the surprise sacking of the party’s chief whip.
Jeremy Corbyn has made his first major changes since being re-elected as Labour’s leader, appointing his allies Diane Abbott and Shami Chakrabarti to top jobs within the shadow cabinet.
It was an extraordinarily bruising day but Jeremy Corbyn was just about still standing as Labour leader as he addressed thousands of supporters in Parliament Square on Monday evening.
Jeremy Corbyn faces a continuing struggle to assert his authority over the shadow cabinet after Hilary Benn directly challenged the central aim of his lengthy reshuffle: to achieve a consensus over foreign and defence policy.
A Labour reshuffle is expected next week with the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, believed to be planning changes to gain greater control of his frontbench.