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Two Labour whips have resigned in the aftermath of the first appointments to Jeremy Corbyn's new shadow cabinet

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Corbyn was re-elected Labour leader last month on an improved mandate (Source: Getty)

Two Labour party whips have resigned in the aftermath of Jeremy Corbyn's first appointments as the re-selected party leader.

Corbyn began rebuilding his team last month with the recruitment of Jonathan Reynolds as the new shadow city minister, and has since made a raft of new appointments.

However, this included a new chief whip in the shape of Nick Brown, replacing the incumbent Rosie Winterton.

And while Labour sources say Conor McGinn and Holly Lynch had expressed a desire to focus more on family and constituency issues, respectively, both were known to be close to Winterton.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: "We thank Conor McGinn and Holly Lynch for their services. Their positions will be filled in due course".

Among other appointments, Corbyn also handed a promotion to key ally Diane Abbott, who steps up from her role as shadow health secretary to a new brief as shadow home secretary.

Former rebel Sir Keir Starmer also joined the shadow cabinet to serve as shadow Brexit secretary, while Baroness Shami Chakrabarti - ennobled months after completing a report into antisemitism in the party - joins as shadow attorney general.

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