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Cumbrian MP named shadow minister by Jeremy Corbyn

12 October 2016

The U.K.'s governing Conservative Party has a 17-point lead over the opposition Labour Party in a poll by ICM Ltd. for the Guardian newspaper.

"I'm going to lose my seat".

While it may not have been the most stormy meeting in the past year, the bubbling tensions serve as a reminder that there is no quick solution when it comes to healing the divide between the leadership and the PLP.

More than 60 Labour MPs quit Corbyn's top team in July partly in protest over his performance during the European Union referendum. But Mr Corbyn last night said it only "appeared" Russian Federation was guilty of a war crime.

However, a senior Labour source said after the PLP meeting that the blame for the poor poll ratings should be partly attributed to the botched "coup" against Corbyn.

Labour's 26-point figure is only one point higher than its lowest ICM rating of 25 per cent, which it got in June 2008 and in August 2009. Obviously, when there were very public divisions like this summer, that has an impact on public opinion. That's why it's essential that people work together effectively.

"We had been letting people down just when the country expects us to be strong".

The return of a number of people who had previously turned their backs on the leadership gives Mr Corbyn the chance to steady the ship after a tumultuous few days since he began reshaping his top team.

He appealed for unity within the party moving forward, following months of in-fighting and rifts.

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Their resignations followed the controversial sacking of chief whip Dame Rosie, who was replaced by Nick Brown.

Tulip was elected MP for London's Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in May 2015.

"Baroness Angela Smith and Lord Steve Bassam will attend today's Shadow Cabinet", a Labour Lords spokesperson said. "After a year, in Jeremy's point of view, it is necessary for the parliamentary operation to be reset in a way that reflects his mandate".

"I'm doing the gig because I like what Corbyn says and stands for", says Weller.

Afterwards, a Labour source defended the decision, saying it was an attempt to "reset" the relationship between the leader and his MPs.

The long-serving MP was appointed shadow Welsh secretary and shadow leader of the house in July in the wake of a spate of resignations from Mr Corbyn's cabinet in protest against his leadership.

Mr Johnson, who was speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival to promote the third instalment of his memoirs, likened the current position of the Labour party to when Bob Dylan swapped his acoustic guitar for an electric one at the Newport Folk Festival.

Ministers have condemned it as a war crime.

Cumbrian MP named shadow minister by Jeremy Corbyn