A number of justice leaders from the Labour shadow cabinet are among those who have resigned. A number of resignations from the shadow cabinet have followed the vote in favour of leaving the EU last week, with a number of shadow ministers leaving in protest over the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
The most prominent justice figure to resign from Corbyn’s team is the shadow justice secretary, Lord Falconer.
Falconer is a prominent and experience figure in the field of governing justice. He was part of the former Labour government under Tony Blair, which he first became a part of in 1997. Acting as Lord Chancellor to the then-Prime Minister, he presided over the formation of both the UK Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice. He became shadow justice secretary in May 2015, but announced his resignation from the role yesterday adding his name to a list that, so far, comprises five shadow ministers and 12 other members of the shadow cabinet to hand in their resignations.
The shadow attorney general has also resigned as part of the wave of shadow cabinet members stepping down in the wake of the referendum result. Karl Turner announced his resignation in a letter, in which he said he had taken great pleasure from being a part of the shadow cabinet. He said that the shadow justice team, in particular, had presented the government with “consistent and forthright opposition.”
In his resignation letter, Turner also said that during his time as shadow attorney general, he had felt “honoured to have been asked to help Lord Willy Bach in his Legal Aid Commission bringing together experts and witnesses from across the legal profession to take a proper look at the needs of the legal aid system and how we can put it on a more stable footing.”
Nonetheless, Turner went on to say that he felt the need to step down because it had become “increasingly clear that [Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn] does not hold the support of the shadow cabinet and the wider parliamentary Labour party.”
Corbyn has recently revealed his new, reshuffled shadow cabinet following the wave of resignations. The replacements for those members of the shadow justice team, however, have not yet been announced.
Corbyn’s leadership, and his handling of the EU referendum, seem to have split the Labour party quite markedly. Many members of the shadow cabinet have resigned and there were calls for a vote of no confidence. In reaction to this, however, thousands of protesters amassed in London on Monday in support of his leadership.