Hilary Benn has been sacked as Shadow Foreign Secretary

We had the Tories, now on to Labour as the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn sacks Hilary Benn from the Shadow Cabinet;

Newspaper reports suggested Mr Benn had been encouraging shadow ministers to resign if Mr Corbyn ignored the result of the no confidence vote.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said Mr Corbyn “worked himself to the ground” during the four-month campaign.

Senior Labour sources have also told the BBC that a significant number of shadow cabinet resignations were likely if Jeremy Corbyn ignores the result of the the confidence vote.

 Via Mick, here’s Benn’s statement:

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  • Gerry Lynch

    #facepalm #epicfail

  • Teddybear

    Corbyn is finished. Umunna leader by Sept

  • the rich get richer

    The candidates for the Tory leadership are pretty thin fare .

    If there is a leadership contest for the labour party then the possible candidates are also damn shabby.

  • Lionel Hutz

    The constant campaigning against Corbyn is nauseating. I hope he rides it out. He may not be the most polished performer in the world but Labour need a leader like him for this time. Whether they want to admit it or not, Corbyn did labour a massive favour in the way he lead their referendum campaign. He couldn’t stick to Cameron or the tactics of the remain campaign. He was much more connected to the grass roots than the remain camaign ever were

  • mickfealty

    I’m sure Jeremy felt he had no choice once he found out what Hillary was up to, but when you see how the dear leader actually handled the campaign, you begin to realise why Mr Benn is so unhappy: http://goo.gl/54yhQT.

    It’s as though Labour is slowly ceasing to be a political party. I don’t know if Umunna is either willing or able to take on the leadership but on election night he was playing a very different game to the one Corbyn wasn’t…


    Strikes me that “I put in the hours in” is a particularly weak and ineffective response to questions over his role in the catastrophic loss of a key referendum that will reverberate for decades.

    That’s not to shift blame from where it primarily lies, ie with Cameron, but hes taking on the consequences by going. If the Labour Party creates a consequence free zone around its leader it will pay the price at the next election.

  • mickfealty

    Benn’s statement…

  • Zig70

    Should have sidelined Benn after last time and get rid of the others publicly trying to derail the party. How long is the BBC going to get away with a blatant anti Corbyn agenda? Can they not accept he was voted in? Perfectly understandable that he was less than zealous on remain, matched the mood of the nation on what smells like a European monarchy.

  • mickfealty
  • Reader

    Lionel Hutz: He was much more connected to the grass roots than the remain camaign ever were
    Um, yes, by being 50/50 in/out? I don’t think that counts as leadership. He would have done the party and the country a favour by picking a side and going for it hard.

  • hgreen

    Heidi Alexander couldn’t even put the correct date on her resignation letter yet they accuse Corbyn of incompetence.

  • hgreen

    Look at the correlation between the resigning shadow cabinet members and those who rebelled over Syria and tell me again this crisis is down to Corbyns performance in the referendum campaign.

    UKIP and anti EU sentiment did not all occur in the last 9 months.

  • hgreen

    You do know the leader is elected by the membership who are considerably more left wing than the MPs? John McDonnell more likely though if Corbyn stands again he’ll win.

  • Reader

    “the membership” are slowly coming to the realisation that they aren’t in touch with Labour voters. The Labour MPs aren’t in touch with either the membership or the voters. The Leader doesn’t seem to be in touch with anybody at the moment.
    A leadership election isn’t going to fix this. Labour needs to spend a couple of years in the wilderness. If they are really lucky they will have something sorted out in time for the 2020 election.

  • mickfealty

    That he didn’t was only due to his politically weak position viz a viz the PLP.

  • Jag

    So what, the knives were out for Jeremy Corbyn from the day he was elected. Democracy prevailed in the Labour party, and if Jeremy put himself up for re-election tomorrow, he would be successful.

    Funny how some people only embrace democracy when it delivers their preferred result. Or fascists, as we call them.

  • Gopher

    If you want a centre left party, for you labour is finished. The membership will see to that. The Rebels need to enter into talks with the lib dems about forming a new party

  • hgreen

    Corbyn at least deserves a crack at a general election. Changing leader based on opinion polls doesn’t seem very democratic to me.

    What we have is a bunch of blairites panicing about their jobs with a general election on the way.

  • hgreen

    Indeed. They should put up or shut up.

    But what’s a centre left party? It’s just a bastardisation of socialism. Centre left politics has failed.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    “But what’s a centre left party?”

    Conservatives who simply look better on screen with a red tie.

  • hgreen

    Indeed. I was firmly in the remain camp however the result is now in and we have to live with it and move forward. Sadly the Blairites and their friends in the msm have never accepted Corbyns clear mandate to lead the party. With a split party is it any wonder they are struggling to make an impact.

  • Old Mortality

    I partly agree with you because where was Alan Johnson who was supposed to be leading Labour’s Remain campaign. He certainly didn’t maintain a high media profile in the campaign, unless he was too busy pressing the flesh in the Labour heartlands. An authentic working-class, trade-unionist MP, he would have been a lot more effective than the effete Corbyn who probably feels uncomfortable with normal working-class people.
    Don’t forget that the young right-ons who voted Corbyn in droves are those who are most ‘devastated’ by Brexit. They may be slightly disillusioned by his obvious lack of enthusiasm during the referendum campaign. Meanwhile his putative assassins are likely to be staunchly pro-Europe.

  • babyface finlayson

    Once you’ve lost the dressing room you have to go.
    I admire his principles but he cannot unite the party and it appears all the new members he brought in did not follow him in voting remain.

  • jporter

    Blair moved Labour to the centre ground and for a while won over floating voters, but shafted their core constituency in the process. Brexit was their voters’ payback, along with the rise of UKIP.
    And now the Blairites in the Labour party think the solution, on the eve of a power grab by the right wing of the Tory party, is to stage their own coup against the most left wing leadership in recent years and dominate the headlines with a Labour split. ‘You couldn’t make it up’ as they say.
    People are demanding change and the Parliamentary Labour Party want to give them more Tory-lite. They simply don’t get it and when they do, it will be too late.

  • Teddybear

    Labour will have to amend their rules. It’s clear as day that in any parliamentary party that’s it’s untenable for a leader not be supported by his/her MPs

    It simply does not work.

    A party had to elect a leader who can appeal to outside their core constituency. Corbyn cannot do so

    That’s why Blair won and Foot didn’t. Being loved and pure on doctrine doesn’t lead to victory necessarily

  • Teddybear

    There will be A GE this Autumn. Always call a battle when your enemy is in disarray

  • hgreen

    Exactly this.

  • hgreen

    Remind me again how labour did in the last 2 elections. In fact they’ve been losing voters since 1997. Yet it is somehow Corbyns fault. Most of the MPs were elected in the new labour years. Guacamole socialists. Completely out of touch with the working class.

  • Teddybear

    You are right and I am wrong. Of course Corbyn will win a famous victory at the next GE. how could he not? The entire country is a student, attends candle lit vigils, goes to yoga and eat organic carrots at £3 a pop.

    How silly of me

  • jporter

    Much of Labour’s core constituency just delivered them a clear message about what they thought Blairism did for them and the Blairites in the PLP are maintaining the line that the voters were too thick to understand and just needed better persuading.
    Corbyn may have his faults, but that doesn’t look like a recipe for success for whoever they want to replace him with.

  • hgreen

    I am none of these things. Yes you are silly.

  • Zig70

    Don’t think that is quite the same. The old liberal/right infiltrators are trying to oust a democratically elected leader. The party has to be the biggest thing and with Corbyn it is. This is the media friendly liberal metrosexuals thinking that support in the papers is support in the country.

  • babyface finlayson

    I’ve seen a figure estimating 1/3 of labour voters went for ‘leave’. Surely he as leader has to take responsibility for that.
    Whether that is right or wrong he can hardly stay if he cannot form a shadow cabinet.
    Partly he has been the victim of events but in part it looks like he failed to unite his party and failed to persuade labour voters.

  • Gopher

    I would not say centre left politics failed I would suggest two charlatans Blair and Brown failed. The centre can thrive with the right personel and an ethos of service rather than the self aggrandizement displayed by the above mentioned prime ministers