Seven of Labour withdraw support from Corbyn

After Corbyn sacked his foreign policy chief on Sunday, 11 of his top team of 30 lawmakers said they were stepping down. 'I am not going to betray the trust of the millions of supporters across the country who need Labour,' Corbyn said in a statement Photograph:( Getty )

Reuters London, United Kingdom Jun 26, 2016, 01.25 PM (IST)
Seven members of Britain's opposition Labour Party said on Sunday they had withdrawn support for the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, plunging the party into crisis in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn as Labour's foreign policy chief today after he said he 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 he would step down by October after Britain voted to leave the European Union.