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I made the decision yesterday to resign from the Shadow Cabinet.  I issued the following statement:

On his resignation as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Vernon Coaker said:

 

"I entered politics because of my belief in Labour values and I have been honoured and privileged to serve the people of Gedling in both government and opposition.

 

"David Cameron's decision to promise a referendum during the last general election campaign has resulted in the seismic changes the country is now undertaking. The decision to leave Europe leaves the whole of the UK facing massive uncertainty and Labour now needs a strong and clear direction to serve as an effective opposition as we move forward, particularly if we face a General Election in the next 12 months.

 

"I believe it is now time for the party to unite behind a new leader to ensure our MPs can serve the whole of the electorate as that effective opposition. It is with deep regret that I am therefore tendering  my resignation from the shadow cabinet.

 

"It has been a privilege to serve as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. I have sought to make it my priority to provide reassurance to the people and political parties of Northern Ireland that Labour remains committed to the principle of consent, as expressed through the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements. I know my successor in this role continues this vital work.

 

"Finally, as our country and our Party comes to terms with the serious consequences of a vote to leave the EU and seeks to navigate a way through, I hope we can do so with mutual respect and solidarity.

 

"Labour draws on a long history of fighting in the interests of working people right across Britain - and we now have a great responsibility to provide a strong, credible and serious alternative to a government in crisis. This should be our sole focus and, regardless of our personal disagreements, I know we will move forward continuing to treat each other with consideration and respect."

 

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Dear Jeremy,

 

It is with regret I am writing to tell you that I am resigning from the shadow cabinet.

 

I have been privileged to serve as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland over the last year. Providing reassurance to the people of Northern Ireland of our party's continued commitment to the principle of consent, as expressed through the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, has been important, at times difficult, but also incredibly rewarding.

 

Following the result of the EU Referendum the challenges facing our country are profound. The values of our party have never been more relevant but our country requires leadership and vision that I do not believe you are in a position to provide, particularly when we may face the prospect of a General Election in the next 12 months.

 

After having served on Labour's frontbench - both in and out of government - for thirteen years, I am sad to be leaving it now. However I believe I can best contribute to the renewal of our party from the backbenches. I have been honoured to represent the people of Gedling since 1997 and it is this experience that will inform my work towards the goal for which our party exists: to serve the people of the UK in government.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Resignation from the Shadow Cabinet

I made the decision yesterday to resign from the Shadow Cabinet.  I issued the following statement:

My letter in today's Nottingham Post

Plenty of people have asked me recently how I intend to vote in the European Referendum. I want to be completely clear that I will be voting to REMAIN. My colleagues in the Labour Party and I will be campaigning hard for the UK to stay in Europe.

 

I believe in standing up for working people whose jobs depend on trade with Europe and I believe in standing up for the rights of everyone to be treated fairly at work, for the rights at work that are guaranteed by our membership of the EU.

I do not think the Leave Campaign have an effective answer to the threat to jobs, businesses and people’s standards of living. Indeed, the answer seems to be “don’t worry, it’ll be alright on the night” and that’s not good enough.

 

In the end, there is not one major issue facing us in the 21st century that will be solved by countries acting alone. As members of the European Union we are a proud, independent nation, standing alongside other member states because we achieve more together than we do alone.  We need to collectively challenge issues such as climate change, migration, global instability and the environment.  Working together on international and global issues offers a better future for all of us and is particularly important for our young people.

 

Vernon Coaker

MP for Gedling

House of Commons

London

SW1A 0AA

Letter in Nottingham Post

My letter in today's Nottingham Post

Fantastic celebrations were held on Friday at the Carlton Central Junior School

to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.  I was delighted to join in, along with children, staff and parents, in the wonderful event which included a band and lots of singing.  The rain didn't dampen spirits and there was lots of birthday cake for all.  It was disappointing that the infants couldn't come along to join in, because of the weather, but they still got cake.  

Carlton Central Juniors

Fantastic celebrations were held on Friday at the Carlton Central Junior School


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