Luciana Berger has resigned as shadow mental health minister saying that we “need a Labour leader who can unite our party”.
The Liverpool Wavertree MP quit her role saying “loyalty to the party must come first”, becoming the twentieth member of Mr Corbyn’s top team to resign, and the eighth on Monday.
The full-blown coup aimed at ousting Mr Corbyn follows the dramatic events in the wake of the Brexit vote, with Labour MPs fearing an early election against David Cameron’s successor.
Luciana Berger‘s resignation letter told Corbyn: “You have served with great principle and have shown me nothing but kindness and courtesy since appointing me. I am grateful that you recognise the importance of mental health and took the decision to make this a Shadow Cabinet level post.” She added, that “the people I am privileged to represent desperately need united Labour leadership to steer us through these turbulent times”
“My conviction is that we need a Labour Leader who can unite our Party, both in Parliament and in the country. I have always served the Labour Party and our Leader with loyalty. Having listened closely to local party members, loyalty to the party must come first.
Once again, I want to express my gratitude for appointing me to the shadow cabinet. It has been a privilege to serve.”
I have spoken to Jeremy today and it is with great sadness that I have stood down from his Shadow Cabinet. pic.twitter.com/YRYiu7HRd0
— Luciana Berger (@lucianaberger) June 27, 2016