Shadow environment secretary Kerry McCarthy joined the collective revolt against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during the weekend, saying that issues such as the circular economy (CE) needed strong leadership.
She has been replaced by Rachel Maskell, MP for York, a former physiotherapist who is currently on the health select committee.
In her resignation letter, McCarthy said that many issues handled by Defra were “intrinsically linked” with EU membership, including the CE package.
“Vital protections won through our EU membership must not be jettisoned. This requires strong leadership from the Labour Party and an alternative vision for the Government, which is seen as credible by the wider electorate.
“Although I do not doubt your personal commitment to your long held-principles, I believe that a new leader is needed to take on the challenges ahead.”
The shadow business secretary Angela Eagle and the shadow resources minister Alex Cunningham also resigned as part of the revolt.