Looking at the extent of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle, one is led to wonder whether he kept it minimal just to see what it would shake loose.
It wasn’t long before we found out. It shook loose Jonathan Reynolds, Stephen Doughty and Kevan Jones.
This Writer’s reaction, on hearing the news, was: “Who?”
It took a moment to recollect that Kevan Jones was the man who hypocritically attacked Ken Livingstone after the veteran left-winger suggested he might need psychiatric help, back in November last year. Mr Jones had said the words were inappropriate as he had indeed suffered from mental illness in the past – but this had not stopped him using similar language during a Parliamentary debate in 2010.
Jonathan Reynolds is unknown to This Blog, other than as one of the many Labour MPs who betrayed their constituents by abstaining from the vote at the second reading of the Conservative Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill, thereby aiding this latest attack on the poor, disabled and disadvantaged.
Oh… and so did Stephen Doughty, it seems. And this is odd, because Mr Doughty had criticised the rise of food banks due to Tory policies in a previous debate.
That’s all the information This Blog has published about any of them. They seem to have hardly distinguished themselves at all.
Corbyn’s strategy, therefore, seems exemplary.
After eliminating the main troublemakers, all he had to do was sit back and watch while the hangers-on left of their own accord.
Three junior shadow ministers have resigned in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle, in which two frontbenchers were sacked for disloyalty and a third was moved to clear the way for Labour to oppose the renewal of Trident nuclear weapons.
Jonathan Reynolds and Stephen Doughty stepped down from their roles after Pat McFadden was removed as shadow Europe minister for “serial disloyalty”, including what was seen as a coded attack on Corbyn’s response to the Paris terror attacks.
The third, Kevan Jones, resigned as a shadow defence minister after the Labour leader replaced his boss, Maria Eagle, who is pro-Trident, with the anti-Trident Emily Thornberry in the role of shadow defence secretary. Jones said there was “nothing straightforward or honest” about the way in which the changes were made.
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