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Labour MP Sarah Champion who quit Jeremy Corbyn's front bench last month 'unresigns' and gets her old job back

The MP was previously one of dozens to quit

Jon Stone
Monday 25 July 2016 17:19 BST
Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham
Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham (Getty)

A Labour MP who quit Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet last month has been reinstated after she “unresigned” back to her old post.

A spokesperson for the party leader’s office confirmed to the Independent that Sarah Champion had asked to re-join the shadow cabinet, and that her request had been accepted.

In a letter to Mr Corbyn Ms Champion said: “I would like to formally retract my resignation and ask to be reinstated to my role as shadow home office minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence with immediate effect.”

The MP for Rotherham was one of dozens to step down in an attempt to unseat Mr Corbyn.

The resignations followed a no confidence vote in Mr Corbyn among MPs and were an attempt to force him to step down.

He has however held his position and will face former shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith in a leadership election.

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Other MPs are said to be considering re-joining the front bench if Mr Corbyn wins the forthcoming internal leadership election.

Ms Champion will now re-join the front bench as shadow minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence, her old job. At the time of publication the MP has yet to publicly comment on her reinstatement.

At the time of her resignation in June she said: “I have just stepped down from my shadow minister job, but not my responsibilities to my constituents, party or victims of abuse.”

A spokesperson for the Leader of the Labour Party said on Monday:

“The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Champion MP, who is re-joining the Labour’s front bench as Shadow Home Office Minister, focusing on women, equality and domestic violence.”

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