Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has been sacked from his shadow culture secretary post during Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Dugher announced on Twitter today: “Just been sacked by Jeremy Corbyn. I wished him a happy new year.”
Mr Dugher indicated his sacking was linked to public comments he had made about the prospect of a ‘revenge reshuffle’ by Mr Corbyn against those who opposed him over Syria.
The Labour MP had voted in favour of UK military action in the wartorn country.
On Twitter, he wrote: “Jeremy said he didn’t like things I’d been writing in defence of good colleagues and new politics.”
He also highlighted an article he had written in the New Statesman, in which he said: “When the Commons returns from recess, all Labour’s energy should be focused on getting after the Tories. Revenge is not very Jedi. It’s also not very new politics.”
A number of senior party figures expressed their dismay at the announcement.
Fellow Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis, who is widely tipped as a future party leader, said: “Sad to see this. @MichaelDugher is a highly effective & authentic voice 4 working ppl & a great champion for #Labour.”
Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said on BBC Radio 4: “My message to Jeremy is ‘show...that you are willing to keep good, strong players in the shadow cabinet.’
“I think the sacking of Michael Dugher is not giving me any great confidence that that is going to be the case.
“You can’t say you want people to be honest and straightforward on one hand and then sack them on the other because they’ve said what they think.”