Shadow chancellor Johnson steps down
Published 21/01/2011 | 05:00
Shadow chancellor Alan Johnson dramatically quit the Labour front bench last night, citing "personal issues".
In a blow for Labour leader Ed Miliband, Mr Johnson abruptly announced that he could not cope with issues facing his family while in the role.
Ed Balls, currently shadow home secretary, will take his place.
Mr Johnson was only appointed to the key economic portfolio in October but has faced repeated questions about his suitability for the job.
In a statement, he said: "I have decided to resign from the shadow cabinet.
"I have found it difficult to cope with personal issues in my private life whilst carrying out an important front-bench role."