Jeremy Corbyn urged to quit as more frontbenchers walk out

Jeremy Corbyn urged to quit as more frontbenchers walk out
Jeremy Corbyn with members of his shadow cabinet earlier this month. Picture: PA

The mayhem in British Labour party ranks continued today, with one former member of Jeremy Corbyn's top team urging him to quit now rather than "drag this out" as frontbenchers continued to quit.

Mr Corbyn lost 12 members of his shadow cabinet on Sunday and further resignations have already taken place on today ahead of a crunch meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Stephen Kinnock, the son of former leader Neil Kinnock, quit from his role as a shadow ministerial aide - while junior frontbenchers Diana Johnson, Anna Turley and Toby Perkins all resigned as the protest against Mr Corbyn's leadership continued.

Former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell, who resigned on Sunday, insisted it was not a "planned coup" against Mr Corbyn but instead a reaction to the "seismic" events which have shaken Westminster in recent days - the EU referendum result and David Cameron's resignation.

Mr Corbyn has vowed to fight on as leader, challenging the rebels to put up a candidate to stand against him, but Ms Powell told BBC Radio 4's Today programme she hoped he would "not drag this out any longer than necessary".

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