CORBYN TAKES BACK 10 REBEL MPs.
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JEREMY Corbyn moved to try to quell growing disquiet in Labour ranks at his shadow cabinet reshuffle by announcing the return of 10 people to the top team who previously quit in protest at his leadership in June.
In a move clearly intended to overshadow the resignations of two whips after the controversial sacking of chief whip Rosie Winterton, Mr Corbyn noted the number of people returning to the fold in his shake-up of Labour's front bench.
However, the total of returnees is still just a quarter of the 63 MPs in shadow posts who turned their backs on him in the mass walkout after the shock Brexit referendum vote, though there are more posts still to fill.
Mr Corbyn said: "I am pleased to announce the appointment of 21 MPs to our front bench, 14 of whom are women and four of whom are from the black and minority ethnic community.
"I welcome back the 10 who have returned, and look forward to working with the eight talented MPs joining the front bench for the first time."
The 10 MPs returning to the Corbyn fold are: Jack Dromey, Pat Glass, Sharon Hodgson, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Kevin Brennan, Louise Haigh, Jenny Chapman, Matthew Pennycook, Nick Thomas-Symonds and Emma Lewell-Buck.
The announcement came after sources close to Mr Corbyn hit back at resigning whip Conor McGinn by branding the St Helens North MP "disloyal" and insisting he jumped before he was pushed.
Fellow resigning whip, Halifax MP Holly Lynch, said she wanted to spend more time in her constituency, where she has a slender majority of 428.
The removal of Ms Winterton provoked an angry backlash, with chairman of the parliamentary party John Cryer writing to MPs to protest that he and the chief whip had been kept in the dark about the reshuffle.