Wythenshawe Labour MP, Mike Kane has become the latest to quit the shadow cabinet as the bid to force leader Jeremy Corbyn to stand down continues.
Mr Kane broke the news on Twitter last night that he was standing down as shadow international development minister following a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
30 years a member @UKLabour – proud to have served but have tonight resigned as Shadow International Development Minister
— Mike Kane (@MikeKaneMP) June 27, 2016
Mr Corbyn has faced a deluge of resignations from his shadow cabinet following what his critics called a “lacklustre” performance in the EU referendum campaign. He will face a vote of no confidence motion today.
But 10,000 supporters who gathered for a hastily organized rally in Parliament Square last night were promised the Labour leader was “going nowhere”.
Members in Wythenshawe and Sale East voted to support Mr Corbyn in July last year when he stood as a candidate for the party leadership. He was elected with 59.5 of the vote, the biggest mandate of any British political leader, in an election campaign which saw an influx of thousands of new members.
Mr Corbyn has been criticised by Labour MPs for not being forceful enough in arguing for Labour’s official position to remain in the European Union. Mr Corbyn supported remaining to protect jobs and workers rights while expressing reservations about the EU.
And MPs who support the leader said Mr Corbyn’s position chimed with the views of many in working class communities who shared his reservations.
If Mr Corbyn continues to stand firm and defy MPs it is likely that Labour Party members will decide his future in what is expected to be a bitter leadership battle with the prospect of a general election to choose a new government before the end of the year.