Corbyn warned of more resignations as he fights to stay Labour leader

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The walkouts from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet look likely to continue on Monday along with the departure of a “large number” of junior ministers, Chris Bryant has warned.

The former shadow Commons leader was one of 11 MPs to quit Mr Corbyn’s top team on Sunday after the Labour leader sacked shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn.

Despite the mass walkout Mr Corbyn remained defiant, insisting he would not “betray” the Labour members who elected him last September by stepping down.

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Discussing possible further departures on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Bryant said: “I think there will be some more members of the shadow cabinet and I think there will be large numbers of the junior ministers as well.”

He said reports that up to 30 senior Labour figures may walk in the end “may well be true”.

As he resigned on Sunday, Mr Bryant warned Mr Corbyn that he was in danger of going down in history as “the man who broke the Labour Party”.

Mr Corbyn is digging in for a bitter Westminster war of attrition with hostile Labour MPs as he banks on grass roots supporters saving his leadership of the party.

On Sunday he said: “I was elected by hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members and supporters with an overwhelming mandate for a different kind of politics.

“I regret there have been resignations today from my shadow cabinet. But I am not going to betray the trust of those who voted for me – or the millions of supporters across the country who need Labour to represent them.

“Those who want to change Labour’s leadership will have to stand in a democratic election, in which I will be a candidate.”

The flurry of resignations saw the party’s deputy leader Tom Watson insist he would “discuss the way forward” with Mr Corbyn at a face to face meeting after a day of high drama at Westminster saw a third of Labour’s top team quit.

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