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Jonathan Reynolds Open to Front Bench Return
Tuesday 27th September 2016 @ 15:27 by Tom Greggan
Hyde News Stalybridge

Hyde and Stalybridge MP Jonathan Reynolds says he’s open to a return to the front bench, after Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership victory on Saturday.

Reynolds quit his post as Shadow Rail Minister in January in the wake of Corbyn’s cabinet reshuffle, saying he couldn’t properly support causes important to him from the front bench.

At the time, he also voiced support for colleague Pat McFadden MP who was sacked from his position as Shadow Europe Minister and criticised the Stop the War coalition, which Jeremy Corbyn used to chair.

But now, after speculation at the Labour Party Conference this week, the local MP has called for unity within the party and said he’d be willing to support Corbyn from the front bench again.

He said: “With regard to some of the speculation there has been at Conference, I have indicated a willingness to work with Jeremy and I am talking to his office about that. But any appointments are for him to make in due course.

“I may not agree with Jeremy on everything, but I firmly agree we are one Labour family. Especially in the aftermath of the country’s vote for Brexit, the focus must now firmly be on holding this damaging Tory government to account.”

Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership election by a landslide on Saturday with 62% of the votes.