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McCarthy replaced by York MP as Shadow Defra Secretary

York MP Rachael Maskell has replaced Kerry McCarthy as Shadow Defra Secretary.

Kerry McCarthy was part of a wave of Shadow Cabinet resignations over the weekend
Kerry McCarthy was part of a wave of Shadow Cabinet resignations over the weekend

Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy has resigned from her position as Shadow Defra Secretary as Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party descends into crisis following the Brexit vote.

 

She has been replaced by Rachael Maskell, who was only elected as MP for York Central last year.

 

Ms Maskell has campaigned for a progressive Living Wage, skilled jobs, a sustainable city, affordable housing and to integrate health and social care during her short time as an MP.

 

Mr Corbyn is facing a massive backlash from his own frontbench team for what is perceived as his failure to effectively mobilise the Labour vote.

 

In her

, Ms McCarthy said the Labour Party required ’strong leadership’ in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.

 

While Ms McCarthy’s appointment created a stir, given her background as a vegan and outspoken animal welfare campaigner, she did prove willing to engage with industry during her short in the Shadow Defra post.

 

In her resignation letter, she wrote: "There is important work to do: on flood risk, air pollution; how we ensure a sustainable and economically viable food and farming system; and much more.

 

Critical issues

 

"Many of the critical issues handled by the Department are intrinsically linked with our membership of the European Union.

 

"CAP payments, the Nature Directives, implementing the EU circular economy package.

 

"The referendum result was a huge disappointment, and we now face the challenge of negotiating our future relationship with the rest of Europe."

 

"Vital protections won through our EU membership must not be jettisoned.

 

"This requires strong leadership from the Labour Party, and an alternative vision for the Government, which is seen as credible by the wider electorate.

 

"Although I do not doubt your personal commitment to your long held-principles, I believe that a new leader is needed to take on the challenges ahead.

"Steering our way through the very difficult period facing this country, exerting a decisive influence on the post-referendum negotiations and winning broad-based electoral support.

 

"I am therefore resigning from the Shadow Cabinet today."

 


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