A number of Liverpool MPs have lined up to show support for Andy McDonald, who dramatically resigned from Labour's front bench yesterday.
Mr McDonald shocked the party's conference in Brighton by announcing he would be leaving his role as shadow secretary for employment - firing a scathing attack at party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
Mr Mcdonald said he was quitting over a lack of support from the party leadership over bringing forward a £15-an-hour minimum wage policy.
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His resignation came at a difficult moment for the party, slap bang in the middle of what has been a topsy-turvy conference, but at the end of one of the more successful days, with shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves receiving plaudits for her speech that morning.
Following his resignation, a number of Liverpool Labour MPs expressed their support for Mr McDonald, who also served in Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.
Walton MP Dan Carden retweeted Mr McDonald's resignation tweet and added: "Andy McDonald is one of the most principled, committed and decent people in Parliament.
"A huge loss to Labour’s front bench.
"I hope his successor will continue Andy and his team's outstanding work to defend employment rights and deliver a new deal for working people."
Paula Barker, MP for Liverpool Wavertree was similarly supportive of the outgoing shadow minister, tweeting: "Solidarity to Andy McDonald on this principled stance.
"I know how seriously he took his role in the Shadow Cabinet and therefore how difficult this must have been.
" I stand with you, as will the majority of our movement and millions of workers who need Labour to fight for them."
Liverpool West Derby MP Ian Byrne retweeted a statement from the Socialist Campaign Group, of which he is part, which said that Mr McDonald has been 'the driving force behind Labour's programme to advance workers' and trade union rights', adding: "Andy would never sell out working people. We stand in full solidarity with him."
Mr Byrne included a fist emoji, indicating his own show of solidarity with Mr McDonald.
And Liverpool Riverside Labour MP Kim Johnson also expressed her support, tweeting: "Very sad to see Andy McDonald feel forced to step down from the Shadow Cabinet for defending a decent minimum wage and sick pay for working class people. But thumbs up for sticking by his principles."
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