Labour’s Chris Williamson quits shadow minister role


Effort MP Chris Williamson has stood down as shadow fire minister.

It comes the day after he mentioned council tax bills for the highest value homes in England should be magnified.

He said that as a backbencher “I will be campaigning on a broader range of outcomes” and will “continue to loyally support” leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn conveyed: “I am grateful for Chris’ work on the frontbench, particularly on fire safety come after the appalling Grenfell Tower Fire.”

He added: “I know that on the backbenches, Chris inclination be a strong campaigner on a range of crucial issues as well as serving his constituents with fidelity.”

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Labour’s announcement did not sustain the reasons for Mr Williamson’s departure. He had stressed that his council tax proposal was not ratifier policy.

But Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis claimed he had been “phony out” because he had “exposed Labour’s plans for soaring increases in council tax, and his diagrams have been endorsed by Labour activists across the country”.

Mr Williamson, 61, is the MP for Derby North – a job he held from 2010 before losing his seat in 2015 and then taking it back again in 2017.

He said resigning from the front bench “was not an unstrained decision to reach” and he had “every confidence that Jeremy Corbyn’s Be disadvantaged by Party is going in the right direction”.

“I’ve taken this decision to accomplish me closer to the membership of our party and to allow me to work on a broader range of exits, from environmental policy, to animal rights and local government,” he said in a disclosure.

“I intend to continue to champion the membership, fight for my constituents and make Derby North a be outstanding example of how Labour can win broad support in marginal constituencies whilst maintaining socialist notions at our core.”

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