Tuesday 21 August 2018

Labour MP 'unresigns' from Jeremy Corbyn’s team and resumes her post less than a month after quitting

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Rick Findler/PA Wire

Meadhbh McGrath

A Labour MP who resigned from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has returned to her position less than a month after she quit the role.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion reportedly delivered an “unresignation” letter to the party leader and asked to rejoin the shadow cabinet as shadow minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence.

In the letter, she wrote: “I would like to formally retract my resignation and ask to be reinstated to my role as shadow home office minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence with immediate effect.”

A spokesperson for the Labour leader said in a statement on Monday: “The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Champion MP, who is re-joining the front bench as Shadow Home Office Minister, focusing on women, equality and domestic violence.”

Ms Champion was one of dozens to quit last month in a failed attempt to unseat Mr Corbyn, following a vote of no confidence in the Labour leader.

At the time of her resignation, Ms Champion said on Twitter that she was “not siding with anyone” but described Mr Corbyn’s leadership as “untenable”.

She added that the party could not be “an effective opposition” in its current form.

She has yet to make a statement since resuming her post.

In spite of the ‘coup’, Mr Corbyn held his position and is set to face former shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith in a leadership contest.

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