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West London MPs sacked after Labour Brexit vote rebellion

Deputy leader Tom Watson branded their actions "politically unhelpful"

Andy Slaughter and Ruth Cadbury were sacked after rebelling a Labour whip

West London rebel MPs were sacked after defying a Labour leadership order - instead backing a Commons motion calling for Britain to remain in the single market.

There was frustration in the leadership as 49 Labour MPs voted for Mr Umunna's amendment calling for the UK to remain in the single market and the customs union while a 50th - Heidi Alexander - acted as one of the tellers.

MPs in Hammersmith and Brentford and Isleworth constituencies, Andy Slaughter and Ruth Cadbury were immediately sacked following the vote, alongside fellow shadow minister Catherine West, whilst a fourth, Daniel Zeichner announced he was quitting.

'This is a point of principle'

In a statement on Facebook, Ruth Cadbury said: "I had no doubt that I had to support the amendment moved by Labour colleagues with cross-party support today.

"The amendment ruled out withdrawing from the EU without a deal, sought a Parliamentary vote on the final negotiations and proposed to remaining in the Customs Union and Single Market.

"Only then can we protect jobs, trade and certainty for business, as well as protecting the rights of EU citizens, with reciprocal rights for UK citizens.

"This is a point of principle for me and I felt bound to honour the commitment I had made to voters."

The rebels included two other MPs, Rupa Huq for Ealing Central and Acton and Gareth Thomas , Harrow West, who were still listed as being on the Labour front bench.

Deputy leader Tom Watson branded their actions "politically unhelpful".

'Politically unhelpful'

However the rebel ring leader - former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna - vowed to continue the fight against a "hard Brexit" with the backing of pro-European MPs from across Parliament.

Mr Watson said the vote had been "unnecessary" just as the party was coming together after its unexpectedly strong showing in the General Election.

He said: "I am very disappointed with my colleague Chuka Umunna for moving this amendment.

"It forced people to take a position on the single market earlier than we needed to," he told Channel 4 News.

"To break away like that is politically unhelpful at a time when the entire Labour Party is buzzing because we did far better in the General Election.

"I just hope we can come back together very quickly."

However the party said they had both indicated following the General Election they did not want to carry on, although their resignations had not been publicly announced.

In the event the amendment was defeated by 322 votes to 101 with the rest of the Labour Party abstaining.

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