Jeremy Corbyn has sacked his culture spokesperson, Michael Dugher, for being critical of his leadership.
Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, revealed on Twitter that he had been fired by the Labour leader over what he had written in the media.
Last week Dugher used a piece in the New Statesman to warn that a "revenge reshuffle" would go against Corbyn's pledge to bring people together from different wings of the party.
Dugher is the first casualty of Corbyn's shadow cabinet reshuffle, which is expected to be revealed in full later on Tuesday. He is a former Whitehall special adviser who was political spokesperson for Gordon Brown. Earlier this year he ran Andy Burnham's failed leadership bid.
Senior Labour MPs immediately rallied round Dugher, including deputy leader Tom Watson and shadow education secretary Lucy Powell. But it is unlikely that any shadow cabinet members will walk out in protest over Dugher's sacking, BuzzFeed News understands.
In a statement, Watson praised Dugher as a "rare politician – a talented working-class MP who hasn’t lost his strong Yorkshire roots".
The deputy Labour leader added: "Politicians with his ability and commitment can make a difference in any role. Labour's loss in the shadow cabinet will be compensated for by Michael's free thought on the back benches."
Powell echoed his sentiments.
In a statement, she added: "Him going is a loss."
Shadow home secretary Burnham was also full of praise for Dugher.
As was shadow cabinet member Jon Ashworth.
Oh, and Gloria De Piero.
Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker said Dugher would be "ferocious" from the back benches.
And it wasn't just the shadow cabinet that rallied round. Dan Jarvis, a former frontbencher, said Dugher was a "great champion" for Labour.
Chuka Umunna said it was a "big loss" to Labour.
Former shadow minister Angela Smith was baffled by the decision.
And so was ex-frontbencher Gavin Shuker, who pointed to Corbyn's promise of inclusiveness.
But Jon Lansman, who worked on Corbyn's leadership campaign, said it was right that Dugher was sacked.
On Sunday, Dugher warned against a "revenge reshuffle" – saying the Labour party must remain a “broad church, not a religious cult”.
He told BBC Radio 5's Pienaar's Politics: "Reshuffles are a matter for the leadership. In my experience having worked closely with previous leaders there's a reason why they tend to be a bit reluctant to go down the path of big reshuffles.
"That's because they do try and hold the party together, they do recognise the Labour party is a broad church, not a religious cult, that you need people of different backgrounds and try and get the best possible talents. Ultimately that'll be a decision for Jeremy."
Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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