11 Labour shadow cabinet ministers have now resigned


Just when you believed things couldn't get any worse for Jeremy Corbyn, the total number of shadow cabinet ministers who have resigned from the Labour party (so far) has now risen to 11.

Corbyn is now facing the biggest threat yet to his political leadership, plunging the Labour Party into turmoil.

The first to go were Heidi Alexander, Ian Murray, Lucy Powell, Lilian Greenwood, Kerry McCarthy, Gloria De Piero and Seema Malhotra.

Here is a list of the shadow ministers who have most recently resigned and why they went.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker was one of the most experienced politicians in Corbyn's shadow cabinet having been elected to the Nottinghamshire constituency of Gedling in 1997.

Vernon Coaker
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Announcing his decision to go, Coaker, who served as minister for schools under Gordon Brown, said in a statement to The Huffington Post: "The decision to leave Europe leaves the whole of the UK facing massive uncertainty and Labour now needs a strong and clear direction to serve as an effective opposition as we move forward, particularly if we face a general election in the next 12 months.

"I believe it is now time for the party to unite behind a new leader to ensure our MPs can serve the whole of the electorate as that effective opposition. It is with deep regret that I am therefore tendering my resignation from the shadow cabinet."

Shadow justice secretary Lord Falconer was one of the very few big beasts in Corbyn's shadow cabinet. The Labour peer and barrister served as lord chancellor and justice secretary under under his old friend and former flat mate Tony Blair.

Lord Falconer
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He spent some years out of frontbench politics when Gordon Brown was leader, but was appointed shadow justice secretary in 2015 by then acting Labour Leader Harriet Harman and kept in the job when Corbyn was elected.

Shadow attorney general Karl Turner has become the second MP to resign from the position over Corbyn's leadership within the space of six months.

He stepped up to replace Catherine McKinnell, who quit the job in January complaining of Labour's "increasingly negative path".