Doncaster MP and chief whip Rosie Winterton 'summoned' by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ahead of possible reshuffle

Doncaster central MP Rosie Winterton.
Doncaster central MP Rosie Winterton.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton has been summoned by leader Jeremy Corbyn this afternoon for what is believed to be a meeting on an imminent reshuffle, amid speculation the chief whip could be facing the axe in the shadow cabinet shake-up.

A national newspaper has reported that Ms Winterton is has been summoned for a meeting with Jeremy Corbyn, who took over from Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband as leader in September, at 2.30pm this afternoon to discuss plans for a reshuffle of the shadow cabinet.

Mr Corbyn is due to have held meetings with his aides on the matter earlier this afternoon.

Speculation over whether Ms Winterton's position as chief whip is safe has gathered pace over recent weeks, after the Doncaster Central MP abstained on a free vote on air strikes in Syria - despite Mr Corbyn's anti-war stance.

Ms Winterton, received the title for her political and parliamentary services, was first elected as MP for the Doncaster Central constituency in 1997.

She was made Opposition Chief Whip under former Labour leader and Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband and continued in the post after Mr Corbyn was elected.

Ms Winterton is also leading a review into the impact of proposed boundary changes on the Labour party and was awarded a Damehood in the New Year's Honours' list for her political and parliamentary services.