Jeremy Corbyn sacks three frontbenchers over single market vote
Three Labour frontbenchers have been sacked for defying Jeremy Corbyn and backing a call for the UK to stay in the single market after Brexit.
Ruth Cadbury, Catherine West and Andy Slaughter had supported Chuka Umunna’s amendment to the Queen’s Speech.
Staying in the single market is not Labour policy and Mr Corbyn had ordered his MPs to abstain – 50 rebelled.
His deputy Tom Watson said he was disappointed with Mr Umunna for trying to “divide” Labour MPs with the vote.
Jeremy Corbyn sacks three frontbenchers after single market vote
Andy Slaughter, Catherine West, and Ruth Cadbury voted for amendment calling for UK to stay in EU single market
Jeremy Corbyn has sacked three Labour frontbenchers who voted against the party in favour of a Queen’s speech amendment calling for Britain to remain within the customs union and single market.
The Labour leader, who has been emboldened by the election result, decided to take a tougher approach than after the vote to trigger article 50, when shadow ministers who rebelled were allowed to remain in position.
Andy Slaughter, Catherine West and Ruth Cadbury were among those with shadow ministerial roles who joined dozens of Labour backbenchers, the SNP, Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid Cymru in backing the amendment.