Did she jump or was she pushed? Pushed by all accounts, but it came as no surprise to Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth that she should be sacked by Jeremy Corbyn for supporting Chuka Umunna’s amendment to the Queen’s Speech, which called for the UK to stay in the single market after Brexit.
“I had no doubt that I had to support the amendment moved by Labour colleagues with cross-party support today. The amendment ruled out withdrawing from the EU without a deal, sought a Parliamentary vote on the final negotiations and proposed to remaining in the Customs Union and Single Market. Only then can we protect jobs, trade and certainty for business, as well as protecting the rights of EU citizens, with reciprocal rights for UK citizens. This is a point of principle for me and I felt bound to honour the commitment I had made to voters. I was aware that, as I was breaking the Whip, I could not retain my front-bench role. I have hugely valued working as part as Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench team under Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey. Since the vote I have been touched by the overwhelming support I have had from Labour Party members and my constituents” she said.
Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith was also sacked but Rupa Huq got her resignation in first. It appears we live in rebel territory!