South Yorkshire MP John Healey resigns from shadow cabinet post

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey has dealt another blow to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after resigning from his shadow cabinet post.

Monday, 27th June 2016, 12:52 pm
Updated Monday, 27th June 2016, 12:53 pm
South Yorkshire MP John Healey has dealt a further blow to Jeremy Corbyn after resigning from his shadow cabinet post

Mr Healey, who stood down from his shadow housing minister role, said he personally handed his resignation letter to Mr Corbyn after meetings today.

He said his resignation followed the EU referendum ‘turmoil’ the Labour leader ‘failed to recognise’.

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Mr Corbyn has been rocked by many high profile resignations from both senior and junior members of his opposition front bench.

Mr Healey said he was left with ‘no option’ but to resign’.

“I am deeply disappointed with the discussion and by your failure to recognise the turmoil after the Referendum vote, a likely Autumn election, the responsibility to hold the Labour Party together and the very wide - and ever widening - concerns about your leadership require a fresh leadership election, with you stepping aside as Leader to seek a new mandate if you aspire to lead Labour into the coming General Election.”

The former shadow minister add Mr Corbyn was ‘not prepared’ to ‘accept social responsibilty’ in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits Manvers College with MP John Healey and MEP Linda McAvan during a visit to South Yorkshire earlier in the EU Referendum campaign. Picture Scott Merrylees
John Healey, MP
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits Manvers College with MP John Healey and MEP Linda McAvan during a visit to South Yorkshire earlier in the EU Referendum campaign. Picture Scott Merrylees
John Healey, MP