Breaking: Shadow attorney general Catherine McKinnell quits over Corbyn direction

McKinnell cites “increasingly negative path” of Labour under the party’s divisive new leader

Catherine McKinnell MP Newcastle

Catherine McKinnell in 2013

Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has undergone a thorough overhaul, as his reshuffle continues to prompt resignations.

The latest casualty for the calamity-struck Labour party is the departure of Shadow attorney general Catherine McKinnell.

McKinnell resigned from the frontbench this morning, the fourth in the wake of the so-called “revenge reshuffle”.

McKinnell cited Labour’s “increasingly negative path”, and the well-publicised internal conflicts that have beset the party under Corbyn.

In a resignation letter, she said: “As events have unfolded over recent weeks, my concern about the direction and internal conflict within the Labour party has only grown and I fear this is taking us down an increasingly negative path.”

However, addressing Corbyn in her letter, she said: “I have huge respect for you personally as someone who has stood by their principles over many years and done so with decency and respect for those with whom you did not agree.”

She also cited “the logistics of managing family life in Newcastle, with my work down in Westminster”, and said she thought she could best serve her constituents from the backbenches.

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