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Labour MP quits party’s shadow cabinet with attack on Starmer’s leadership

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A Labour MP has quit the party’s shadow cabinet with an attack on Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership.

Andy McDonald, who had been shadow secretary of state for employment rights and protections, said his position as a member of Sir Keir’s top team had become “untenable”.

The 63-year-old, who has been MP for Middlesbrough since 2012, previously served in former leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet and is a close ally of Sir Keir’s predecessor.

In a resignation letter to Sir Keir on Monday, Mr McDonald wrote: “After 18 months of your leadership, our movement is more divided than ever and the pledges that you made to the membership are not being honoured.”