Next to resign was Lillian Greenwood, Shadow Transport Secretary.
In her resignation letter, Greenwood wrote:
“The [referendum] vote split the nation, including my own city of Nottingham, in two and I share the concern that our strong collective position in favour of remaining in Europe was not consistently communicated to Labour supporters.
“Faced with such challenges, it is essential that we have a strong and united opposition. You are a kind, decent and principled colleague, but in my view a new leadership is required to bridge the widening divides in out party, both in parliament and in the country as a whole.”
It was widely expected that fellow Nottingham MP Vernon Coaker, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary would then reconsider his position.