Labour whips resign over Rosie sacking; Backlash hits Corbyn after chief whip loses job in shadow cabinet reshuffle.
LABOUR whips Conor McGinn and Holly Lynch have resigned following the sacking of chief whip Rosie Winterton in Jeremy Corbyn's controversial frontbench shake-up.
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 despite being engaged in talks with the leadership on putting some of the posts on the shadow cabinet up for election.
A Labour spokesman said: "We thank Conor McGinn and Holly Lynch for their services. Their positions will be filled in due course."
A Labour source said: "No-one will lose any sleep over Conor McGinn resigning after the disloyalty he showed in organising resignations during the attempted coup."
Sources close to Mr Corbyn insist that Mr McGinn was set to be sacked when junior posts in the reshuffle were announced.
The resignations come in the wake of controversial choice for shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, comparing the Labour Party to a "war zone".
And the walkouts follow reports that leading anti-Corbyn figures are preparing to organise their own "shadow shadow cabinet" in direct competition with the official front bench which will produce its own policy initiatives.
The senior moderate in Mr Corbyn's top team expressed a relaxed attitude to the emergence of such a body.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said there were "unresolved" issues in the parliamentary party after Mr Corbyn's reshuffle, a shake-up which saw Labour plunged back into infighting.
Asked about the "shadow shadow cabinet" on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show, Sir Keir said: "There are unresolved issues in the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP).
"We do need to resolve them as soon as possible. We need to be an outwardlooking, confident party rather than an inward, divided party, so we need to address that.