In his first shadow cabinet reshuffle, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has sack his shadow culture minister, Michael Dugher, today allegedly because he criticised Corbyn’s leadership a few days ago. In his remarks, Michael Dugher warned Mr Corbyn not to make Labour a “religious cult.” In a tweet posted by Dugher this morning, he announced that “just been sacked by Jeremy Corbyn. I wished him a happy new year.”
In addition to sacking Dugher, several other top Labour figures are anticipated to face a nail-biting meeting with Mr Corbyn today. Entering the Houses of Parliament today, the Labour leader took the side entrance in order to avoid a group of journalists waiting outside his office. However, one reporter caught him while stepping out of his official car but he sounded tense and only replied that “no, no questions, sorry.”
In response to the news of Mr Dugher being sacked, deputy leader Tom Watson has issued a statement praising his contributions to the party. He alleged that “Michael Dugher is a rare politician — a talented, working-class MP who hasn’t lost his strong Yorkshire roots,” adding that “politicians with his ability and commitment can make a difference in any role. Labour’s loss in the shadow cabinet will be compensated for by Michael’s free thought on the backbenches.” Whereas in addition to that, Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell also commented that “Michael is a formidable campaigner who has provided an important and authentic voice to the shadow cabinet. Him going is a loss.”
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