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Catherine McKinnell was yesterday replaced as shadow attorney general by Hull East MP Karl Turner,the former shadow solicitor general, as the party leadership attempted to ride out the rash of resignations.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn avoided a potentially hostile ride at the hands of angry MPs last night by defying recent convention and not addressing the first meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) after a Commons recess.

Asked about Ms McKinnell's resignation, a spokesman said the Labour leader would "thank her for her service".

Meanwhile, Dewsbury MP Paula Sheriff quit as Commons aide to shadow communities secretary Jon Trickett, who was one of the 35 MPs who nominated Mr Corbyn for the leadership.

Ms Sheriff said she had stepped down as Mr Trickett's parliamentary private secretary (PPS) "to focus on my campaign to defend Dewsbury & District (Hospital) from Tory cuts and my work on the Health Select Committee".

Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn said that he intended to involve "ordinary people" in policymaking - a stance that could allow him to adopt a policy of scrapping Trident.

He said: "My whole election programme was based on the need for ordinary people to be able to participate much more in politics so that leaders don't go away and write policy, that executive groups don't go off and decide what the policy is, that ordinary people do."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2016
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