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Tulip Siddiq resigns from frontbench

Shadow early years minister resigns from Labour's shadow cabinet
Tulip Siddiq has resigned from her role as shadow early years minister, after less than four months in the role.
The MP quit as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn confirmed that Labour MPs would be expected to back the upcoming Article 50 bill, which will trigger the UK's exit from the EU, in parliament.
In her resignation letter, Siddiq said that she felt she had "no choice" but to leave the frontbench. She said: "I do not support the triggering of Article 50 and cannot reconcile myself to the frontbench position."
The Alliance expressed disappointment with her resignation at such a difficult time for the sector.
Chief executive, Neil Leitch, commented: "During her time as shadow minister, [Siddiq] made a valuable contribution to the early years debate and it is a shame to lose her from the role, although we appreciate why she felt the need to stand down."
Neil added: "That said, this is a critical time for the early years sector and it is essential that there is a strong and effective shadow minister in place to challenge the government. We hope that the Labour party appoints her replacement promptly."
Siddiq was appointed shadow minister for early years in October 2016. She remains an MP for Hamstead and Kilburn.