The Labour party reshuffle fiasco has continued after shadow rail minister Jonathan Reynolds announced he was resigning after fundamental disagreements with Jeremy Corbyn on issues as varied as the economy and national security.
Posting on Facebook a letter he wrote to the Labour leader, Reynolds wrote: "On reflection regarding yesterday's Labour reshuffle, I have decided that it's best if I serve the Party as a backbencher. I've written to Jeremy this morning to let him know."
In the letter, the Stalybridge and Hyde MP backed sacked European spokesman Pat McFadden's view that it was right to condemn "those who would to any degree absolve Isis" and also wrote that he "cannot in good conscience endorse the world view of the Stop the War Coalition" even though he was against extended air strikes in Syria.
The 35-year-old, who assumed office at the 2010 general election, follows shadow culture minster Michael Dugher and McFadden on the back benches after the pair were sacked by Corbyn as part of the so-called 'revenge reshuffle' in a move the Labour leader hopes will remove dissenting voices from his front lines.
Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, whose rousing speech endorsing the Syria strikes put him at odds with his leader, managed to keep his job as foreign secretary, while Emily Thornberry was appointed the new shadow defence secretary and the expense of Maria Eagle, whose support of Trident meant she was moved to the culture, media and sport brief.