The Labour leader faces calls to resign from his own backbenches as he stands at the despatch box. Extraordinary…
This morning’s rolling resignations:
- 19:54 Nic Dakin, shadow Minister for Schools, absents himself.
- 17:59 Richard Burden resigns as shadow Transport minister.
- 17:54 Melanie Onn, Shadow Deputy Leader of House, has resigned
- 17:49 Sharon Hodgson resigns as Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children
- 17:16 Shadow Police minister Jack Dromey next to go.
- 15:26 Sir Keir Starmer quits as Shadow Home Office minister.
- 14:21 Shadow Culture minister Thangam Debbonaire goes.
- 14:18 Luciana Berger goes too.
- 13:02 Shadow Women’s minister Kate Green quits.
- 12:37 Maria Eagle quits as Shadow Culture Secretary.
- 12:16 Shadow Welsh Secretary Nia Griffith quits along with junior Susan Jones.
- 12:19 Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey also gone.
- 12:17 Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle resigns.
- 11:52 Housing PPS Matthew Pennycock also goes.
- 11:51 Lisa Nandy and Owen Smith resign.
- 11:40 Jenny Chapman quits Education team, Colleen Fletcher quits Defra.
- 11:00 Roberta Blackman-Woods quits the Housing team.
- 09:58 Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment Alex Cunningham resigns.
- 09:20 Angela Smith, Leader of Labour in the Lords, and Labour’s Lords Chief Whip Steve Bassam both quit attending shadow cabinet meetings.
- 09:02 Ruth Smeeth resigns as a PPS to the NI team.
- 08:45 Education PPS Jess Phillips resigns.
- 08:37 Shadow ministers Steve Reed and Yvonne Fovargue have gone.
- 08:31 Wayne David resigns as Shadow Europe Minister.
- 08:21 Justice PPS Chris Matheson quits.
- 08:06 Stephen Kinnock has resigned as Angela Eagle’s PPS.
- 07:53 Neil Coyle, who nominated Corbyn, has resigned as PPS to Bryant.
- 07:52 Diana Johnson resigns as Shadow Foreign Office Minister.
- 07:49 Toby Perkins resigns as Shadow Armed Forces Minister.
- 07:48 Anna Turley resigns as Shadow Minister for Civil Society.
See yesterday’s resignations here…
New Shadow Cabinet appointments:
- Shadow Communities Secretary – Graeme Morris
- Shadow Lord President of the Council, and Campaigns and Elections Director – Jon Trickett
- Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary – Debbi Abrahams
- Shadow Energy Secretary – Barry Gardiner
- Shadow Justice Secretary – Richard Burgon
- Shadow Foreign Secretary – Emily Thornberry
- Shadow Health Secretary – Diane Abbott
- Shadow Education Secretary – Pat Glass
- Shadow Transport Secretary – Andy McDonald
- Shadow Defence Secretary – Clive Lewis
- Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rebecca Long-Bailey
- Shadow International Development Secretary – Kate Osamor
- Shadow Environment Food and Rural Affairs Secretary – Rachel Maskell
- Shadow Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs – Cat Smith
- Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary – Dave Anderson
Chris Bryant claims Corbyn refused to confirm to him if he personally voted Remain. There’s been no clarification from Corbyn himself today – he did tweet on Thursday that “I have voted to Remain”. Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has demanded an urgent update. A Corbynista Labour source tells Guido:
“Any attempt to suggest Jeremy didn’t vote remain is just a cynical attempt to destabilise the leadership.”
Which is not exactly a denial. Piers Corbyn told Guido Jeremy would not vote to Remain…
According to Corbynista Labour sources, Tom Watson is the coup leader and the plan is currently that there will be a vote of no confidence and then Lisa Nandy will eventually take over. She is said to have Watson’s backing. Labour whip Conor McGinn, who is close to Watson and hates Corbyn, is choreographing resignations. Labour MPs are calling colleagues canvassing support for Nandy. That is the plan from one faction of the plotters: for Nandy to ultimately take over from Corbyn…
UPDATE: Sam Coates from the Times reckons there are three separate coup groups, all fighting among themselves as to who takes over.
UPDATE II: Lisa Nandy has now resigned and said Watson should take over as caretaker leader.
- 21:19 Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bryant resigns.
- 19:08 Karl Turner, Shadow Attorney General, is next to quit.
- 17:46 Blairite Shadow Justice Secretary Charlie Falconer resigns.
- 17:20 Tom Watson says he is “deeply disappointed” by Hilary Benn’s sacking and “equally saddened” by resignations.
- 16:51 Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Vernon Coaker quits.
- 13:44 Close McDonnell ally, Shadow Chief Secretary Seema Malhotra resigns.
- 13:09 Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy goes too.
- 12:58 Andy Burnham says he WON’T resign.
- 12:56 Shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell resigns.
- 12:55 Confirmed Lilian Greenwood quits.
- 12:40 Len McCluskey says it’s a “pathetic and futile coup” against Corbyn. Says Tom Watson will back Jez.
- 12:30 Lucy Powell has told MPs she’s resigning from shadow cabinet later this afternoon.
- 11:38 Confirmed Ian Murray has gone. He’s Labour’s only Scottish MP.
- 11:07 Gloria De Piero quits.
- 09:52: Shadow Scotland Secretary Ian Murray set to quit, along with Shadow Transport Secretary Lilian Greenwood.
- 08:15 Corbyn says he won’t resign.
- 08:00 Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander resigns.
- 01:00 Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn sacked in the early hours. He had been about to resign.
As Jez once tweeted, “Here we, here we, here we f**king go”…
Late last night EyeSpy.MP spotted that the Prince Across the Water was back across the water:
UPDATE II: John McDonnell tells Andrew Neil the membership will be mobilised behind the programme. Note that he doesn’t say mobilised behind Corbyn. McDonnell’s rhetorical support for Corbyn conflicts with his manifest ambitions. Under pressure from Brillo he says he won’t stand for leader even if Corbyn falls. A politician’s promise…
UPDATE III: A senior Labour MP texts: “McDonnell lying through teeth. Seema [Malhotra] and others been calling for him in last 24h.” Tom Blenkinsop suggests McDonnell has been ringing round himself to canvass for support.
Delusional David Lammy has said parliament should ignore the referendum result and vote to Remain in the EU anyway:
“Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in parliament. Our sovereign parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU.
The referendum was an advisory, non-binding referendum. The Leave campaign’s platform has already unravelled and some people wish they hadn’t voted Leave. Parliament now needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit, and there should be a vote in parliament next week. Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of the lies and hubris of Boris Johnson.”
A Labour MP effectively telling millions of working class Labour voters across the country he doesn’t care what they think…
That Eddie Izzard campaign record in full:
- join the euro
- elect Ken Livingstone
- elect Gordon Brown
- vote Yes in the AV referedum
- elect Ed Miliband
- elect Andy Burnham as Labour leader
- Remain in the EU
The lip-sticked kiss of death strikes again…
The BBC reports Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey have tabled a no confidence motion in Jeremy Corbyn, which could be voted on on Tuesday night. The PLP might be able to topple him but how will they win round the membership? The problem with Blairites organising a putsch against Jez is they were the ones out of touch with Labour voters…
These are the lines sent to Labour MPs by party spin doctors this morning:
Referendum 0600 script
Clearly many communities across our country feel left behind and cut off by the political establishment in Brussels and Westminster. This was a rejection of the status quo by millions of people who are not sharing in the wealth of this country, for whom the economy is not working.
Labour Kremlinologists will be intrigued to hear Momentum chief Jon Lansman talk up McDonnell and talk down Corbyn on BBC PM. Lansman, an old Bennite who has known both men for decades, says McDonnell is the one who’s been “leading” on making Labour electable, and that Corbyn doesn’t represent their core voters:
JL: “We alienated our core voters, millions of them, they’ve gone to UKIP and to the SNP, because they don’t see Labour as representing them anymore.”
BBC: “You think Jeremy Corbyn does?”
JL: “Jeremy Corbyn could.
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