Pat Glass announces she is quitting a day after getting Shadow Cabinet job

Posted On: 
28th June 2016

A Labour MP has announced she is standing down as an MP at the next election - just 24 hours after Jeremy Corbyn made her his Shadow Education Secretary.

Pat Glass has said she is standing down at the next election
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Pat Glass said she had found the last six months in British politics "very, very difficult" as a result of the "incredibly divisive" EU referendum.

She made the surprise announcement in a letter to her constituency party chairman, and published a copy on her Twitter profile.

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The move is yet another blow for Mr Corbyn, who only promoted Ms Glass to his top team yesterday following a wave of Shadow Cabinet resignations.

The North West Durham MP, who had been shadow Europe minister, was forced to apologise during the referendum campaign for branding a voter a "horrible racist".

According to BBC Radio Derby, a member of the public in Sawley, Derbyshire, had referred to a Polish family living in the town as “scroungers”.

Ms Glass told the station: "The very first person I come to was a horrible racist. I’m never coming back to wherever this is.”

Following criticism of her remarks, the MP said: "The comments I made were inappropriate and I regret them. Concerns about immigration are entirely valid and it’s important that politicians engage with them.

"I apologise to the people living in Sawley for any offence I have caused.”

She also told a public meeting that "older white men" were a "problem" for the campaign to keep Britain in the EU.