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REMINDER: NONE OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS WHICH ARE ABOUT TO BE SAID HERE ARE REAL AND MADE TO OFFEND ANY PARLIAMENTARY INDIVIDUAL CONCERNED.
On 11 June 2016, The Labour Party, though its Deputy Leader Tom Watson, announced that Jeremy Corbyn had been sacked as the party's leader and as a Member of Parliament in response to his inability to take action on the corruption scandal within the party, amid the widely-publicized corruption scandal which had engulfed the party for many months, triggering both a By-election in his constituency Islington North, and a leadership election, due to take place within two months. In the meantime, Watson became acting leader.
Labour MPs Jon Trickett, Jamie Reed, Meg Hillier, and Gordon Marsden were all unseated following their arrests for bribery, triggering five simultaneous by-elections in their former constituencies. Trickett and Lord Falconer's ministerial positions were replaced.
Also, a day after their dismissals, Corbyn and Falconer each faced a 7-year ban from politics, and a fine of about £150,000 as the corruption scandal deepened further and further.
The Shadow Cabinet of acting leader Tom Watson is as follows:
The candidates to succeed him were former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad, David Moyes, the MP for Glasgow East who was elected to Parliament in a by-election after Natalie McGarry resigned following a police investigation into money which had gone missing from the accounts of the Women for Independence group, Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary, Owen Smith, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, and Chi Onwurah, the MP for Newcastle Central.
The number of MPs next to the candidate's name below includes the candidate, who can count as one of the 35 MPs needed. Public nominations for candidates by MPs were as follows:
- David Moyes (56): Debbie Abrahams, David Anderson, Jon Ashworth, Ian Austin, Adrian Bailey, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Lyn Brown, Ben Bradshaw, Nick Brown, Clive Betts, Paul Blomfield, Kevin Brennan, Karen Buck, Julie Cooper, David Crausby, Mary Creagh, Alex Cunningham, Wayne David, Peter Dowd, Susan Elan Jones, John Healey, Sharon Hodgson, Kate Hollern, Alan Johnson, Graham Jones, Gerald Jones, Sadiq Khan, David Lammy, Clive Lewis, Khalid Mahmood, Shabana Mahmood, Rob Marris, Andy McDonald, Conor McGinn, Alison McGovern, Jim McMahon, Jessica Morden, Toby Perkins, Lucy Powell, Jess Phillips, Naz Shah, Virendra Sharma, Paula Sherriff, Andy Slaughter, Angela Smith, Wes Streeting, Gisela Stuart, Ruth Smeeth, Karin Smyth, John Spellar, Stephen Timms, Stephen Twigg, Chuka Umunna, Keith Vaz, Catherine West, Phil Wilson, Daniel Zeichner
- Andy Burnham (43): Diane Abbott, Heidi Alexander, Rushanara Ali, Margaret Beckett, Tom Blenkinsop, Chris Bryant, Richard Burgon, Jenny Chapman, Ann Coffey, Simon Danczuk, Michael Dugher, Bill Esterton, Paul Farrelly, Robert Flello, Carloine Flint, Yvonne Fovargue, Pat Glass, Mary Glindon, Lilian Greenwood, Margaret Greenwood, Nia Griffith, Andrew Gwynne, Harry Harpham, Lindsay Hoyle, Liz Kendall, Chris Leslie, Seema Malhotra, Chris Matheson, Kerry McCarthy, Liz McInnes, Alan Meale, Ian Mearns, Albert Owen, Teresa Pearce, Rachel Reeves, Jonathan Reynolds, Cat Smith, Jo Stevens, Sir Keir Starmer, Gareth Thomas, Nick Thomas-Symonds, Emily Thornberry, Valerie Vaz, Rosie Winterton
- Owen Smith (30): Hillary Benn, Richard Burden, Liam Byrne, Ruth Cadbury, Ann Clywd, Vernon Coaker, John Cryer, Judith Cummins, Jim Cunningham, Nic Dakin, Geraint Davies, Thangam Debbonaire, Jack Dromey, Maria Eagle, Jim Fitzpatrick, Colleen Fletcher, Vicky Foxcroft, Helen Goodman, Kate Green, Tristram Hunt, Imran Hussain, Huw Irranca-Davies, Mike Kane, Ian Murray, Lisa Nandy, Mark Tami, Anna Turley, Karl Turner, Derek Twigg, John Woodcock
- Chi Onwurah (16): Sir Kevin Barron, Gloria De Piero, Stephen Doughty, Angela Eagle, Frank Field, Louise Haigh, Kelvin Hopkins, Rupa Huq, Margaret Hodge, Peter Kyle, Ivan Lewis, Rupa Huq, Siobhain McDonagh, Pat McFadden, Alan Whitehead, Iain Wright
TO BE CONTINUED....