Hornsey and Wood Green MP Catherine West sacked from frontbench
PUBLISHED: 08:24 30 June 2017
Jeremy Corbyn has sacked Catherine West from his frontbench for voting against the Labour party in favour of an amendment to the Queen’s speech calling for Britain to remain in the single market and customs union.
Shadow Foreign Office minister Ms West’s fellow frontbenchers – shadow housing ministers Andy Slaughter and Ruth Cadbury – also lost their positions yesterday after backing the amendment tabled by pro-Remain Streatham MP Chuka Umunna.
In total 49 Labour MPs defied the whip to vote in favour of the amendment, which was defeated by 322 votes to 101, a majority of 221.
The rebel Labour MPs were joined by 34 SNP MPs, 12 Liberal Democrats, the four Plaid Cymru MPs, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Independent MP Lady Hermon.