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More UK Shadow Cabinet Ministers Quit Amid Deepening Divide in Labour Party

© AFP 2021 / BEN STANSALLLeader of the British opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn (C), smiles as he poses with members of the shadow cabinet including Deputy leader Tom Watson (CL) and Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander (CR), Labour Party and TUC members during a photocall for the 'Labour In for Britain' campaign in London, on June 14, 2016 calling for a remain vote in the EU referendum
Leader of the British opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn (C), smiles as he poses with members of the shadow cabinet including Deputy leader Tom Watson (CL) and Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander (CR), Labour Party and TUC members during a photocall for the 'Labour In for Britain' campaign in London, on June 14, 2016 calling for a remain vote in the EU referendum - Sputnik International
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Shadow secretary for Northern Ireland Vernon Coaker and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Seema Malhotra are the newest additions to the list of now eight departures from UK Labour’s shadow cabinet, in addition to fired Hilary Benn.

British member of parliament Kerry McCarthy, foreign affairs representative for the Labour Party, speaks to the media at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Two more ministers of the UK Labour’s shadow cabinet resigned on Sunday in a mass walkout that was triggered by party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to sack the shadow foreign secretary.

Shadow secretary for Northern Ireland Vernon Coaker and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Seema Malhotra are the newest additions to the list of now eight departures, in addition to fired Hilary Benn.

In her letter of resignation, Malhotra said that the Labour party was "hugely divided and those divisions are growing."

"I have come to believe that under your leadership we will not be able to build bridges across the party, be the strong official opposition that the country needs or reach out to voters and build confidence in Labour," the Treasury chief of nine months told Jeremy Corbyn.

Calls inside the party for a change of leadership grew louder this week after Britain voted on Thursday to quit the European Union. Jeremy Corbyn could face a vote of no confidence.

Seven shadow cabinet ministers, however, voiced their support of the embattled party leader, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell warning now was the time for the opposition to hold together.

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech following the pro-Brexit result of the UK's EU referendum vote, in central London on June 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry said Corbyn was "a better leader" than Prime Minister David Cameron, who is expected to stand down by October.

Shadow minister for women and equalities Cat Smith reminded fellow party members that, "Labour is a democratic socialist party whose members democratically elected Jeremy Corbyn less than a year ago. MPs should respect that."

Shadow communities secretary and Labour's 2016 election coordinator Jon Trickett said he stood with the party membership. He said a petition in solidarity with the Labour leadership had been signed by 200,000 people.

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