27/06/2016

Labour Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Resigns

Labour Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Vernon Coaker has resigned.

Mr Coaker resigned on Sunday, 26 June, as part of a protest at Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn's leadership over the EU referendum.

Alliance Leader David Ford said he will be missed.

Mr Ford said: "Regardless of the internal disputes within the Labour Party, I am very sad to see Vernon go.
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"He has worked tirelessly for Northern Ireland over the years and was a good friend to all our people.

"He will be missed."

(CD/MH)




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