Jeremy Corbyn facing open revolt from shadow cabinet after purge of moderate MPs in ‘vindictive’ Labour reshuffle

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Jeremy Corbyn faces backlash from shadow cabinet members after he sacks his shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden and shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher

Jeremy Corbyn surrounded by media as he leaves his home in north London

Jeremy Corbyn surrounded by media as he leaves his home in north London Photo: London News Pictures

Corbyn purge of moderate MPs in ‘longest ever’ reshuffle

Jeremy Corbyn is facing an open revolt from his shadow cabinet after mounting a purge of moderate MPs who have criticisised him over Trident, national security and the takeover of the party by the hard-left, report Steven Swinford, Laura Hughes and Ben Riley-Smith.

After two days of deliberations Maria Eagle, who is in favour of Trident, was removed as shadow defence secretary and replaced with Emily Thornberry, an anti-war MP who is sympathetic to Mr Corbyn’s calls to scrap Trident.

Miss Thornberry was previously sacked by Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, for mocking a family who lived in a terraced home for draping an an England flag over their home.

Mr Corbyn was forced to abandon plans to sack Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary who defied him by voting in favour of air strikes in Syria, after being warned he faced mass resignations.

Instead Labour claimed that Mr Benn and Mr Cobyn had reached an agreement that there will be “no repetition” of their public split over the Syria vote.

Mr Corbyn also attracted fury after sacking Pat McFadden, the shadow Europe minister, for “disloyalty” after he criticised his response to the Paris terror attacks. One Labour MP said that the move was “stupid and vindictive”.

Mr Corbyn also sacked Michael Dugher, the shadow culture secretary, a decision which led to open criticism from nine of his front-benchers including Tom Watson, the party’s deputy leader.

Mr Dugher said that he had been sacked by Mr Corbyn for “too much straight talking, honest politics” as he criticised the Labour leader for “squandering” his vision of a “new politics”.

He said: “The real casualty today has been the new politics we were all promised four months ago from Jeremy.

“I think that’s a real shame, a real squandered opportunity, because I think people were attracted by the idea we could unite and come together people of different views, make a virtue of having debates and proper discussions. In Jeremy’s words, even have a little dissent – straight talking, honest politics.”He criticised Emily Thornberry, the shadow work and pensions minister who is tipped for promotion despite being sacked by Ed Miliband for appearing to mock a family’s terraced home draped in England flags. Below are the

Labour’s new Shadow Cabinet in full is:

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

Tom Watson MP

Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Angela Eagle MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Seema Malhotra MP

Shadow Home Secretary

Andy Burnham MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary

Hilary Benn MP

Opposition Chief Whip

Rosie Winterton MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Heidi Alexander MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Lucy Powell MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Owen Smith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Emily Thornberry MP

Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

Lord Falconer of Thoroton

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, ShadowMinister for the Constitutional Convention

Jon Trickett MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Lisa Nandy MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

Chris Bryant MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Lilian Greenwood MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Vernon Coaker MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Ian Murray MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Nia Griffith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Kerry McCarthy MP

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Kate Green MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Maria Eagle MP

Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration

Gloria De Piero MP

Shadow Minister for Mental Health

Luciana Berger MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lords Chief Whip

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Shadow Attorney General

Catherine McKinnell MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio

Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning

John Healey MP

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