British Opposition leader under pressure after resignations
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour party Jeremy Corbyn left his home on Sunday (June 26) after seven members of his party withdrew support for his leadership, creating a crisis for the party in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
Corbyn refused to answer questions from the media as he left his home and entered a waiting vehicle under police escort.
The Labour leader sacked Hilary Benn as Labour’s foreign policy chief early on Sunday after he said had lost confidence in the leadership.
Gloria de Piero, Heidi Alexander, Lucy Powell and Ian Murray all announced they were withdrawing support and stepping down from Corbyn’s ‘shadow cabinet’.
Sky News television reported that Lilian Greenwood and Kerry Mccarthy had also resigned.
Several said in statements that they doubted Corbyn’s ability to lead the party to victory in the country’s next parliamentary election.
A vote must take place within months after Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday (June 24) he would step down by October.
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