Jeremy Corbyn has been dealt a new blow over his controversial Labour reshuffle after the party's shadow attorney general quit on 11 January. Catherine McKinnell, an MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne North since 2010, said she had resigned from the top job because of "internal conflict" within Labour.
"As events have unfolded over recent weeks, my concerns about the direction and internal conflict within the Labour Party have only grown, and I fear this is taking us down an increasingly negative path. I feel that I would like to channel my energy constructively, into making positive changes for my constituents," McKinnell explained in her resignation letter to Corbyn.
The 39-year-old, who had only been in the role since September 2015, added: "I have reached the conclusion that I can better serve my constituents and the Labour Party from the backbenchers at this time, and with a heavy heart I resigned from my post within your shadow cabinet."
The move comes after Stephen Doughty dramatically resigned as shadow foreign minister live on BBC2's Daily Politics show ahead of Prime Minister's Questions on 6 January. Doughty made the move after Corbyn sacked Pat McFadden as Labour's shadow Europe minister.
But the stunt triggered online outrage after it emerged that BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg allegedly asked Doughty to make the announcement on the show.
A BBC spokesperson said: "The shadow cabinet reshuffle was a major story this week and many MPs from all camps had strong opinions which were fairly reflected across BBC output. Stephen Doughty had already decided to resign and willingly chose to make his announcement on the programme."
UPDATE: 11 January
Karl Turner, MP for Kingston upon Hull East, has been appointed shadow attorney general by Corbyn.