EXCL Rosie Winterton sacked at meeting to discuss Shadow Cabinet elections
Rosie Winterton was sacked by Jeremy Corbyn as Labour chief whip when she turned up at a meeting to discuss the possible return of Shadow Cabinet elections.
She turned up at the pre-arranged meeting in the leader's office this afternoon expecting to continue negotiations on behalf of Labour MPs, who want to be given a say in the make-up of the leader's frontbench team.
But she was left stunned when Mr Corbyn told her she was being dumped from the post she has held for the past six years.
The Labour leader has replaced her with Nick Brown, who twice held the job under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
A Labour source told PoliticsHome: "The whips are apoplectic. It's a complete betrayal of their work and of Rosie.
"Corbyn has effectively sacked the PLP's negotiator. She went up there to meet him for a scheduled meeting about Shadow Cabinet elections and he sacked her.
"It just shows that all the talk about unity was a sham."
In a statement following her sacking, Ms Winterton pointedly failed to mention Mr Corbyn by name.
She said: "It has been an honour to have served as Labour’s chief whip for the past six years under three different leaders. I would like to thans the whips and the Parliamentary Labour Party for the support they have given me. I wish Nick Brown every success in his new role."
Mr Corbyn said: "I would like to pay tribute to Rosie Winterton for her six years’ exceptional service as chief whip. She has played an outstanding role in her support for me as leader and for the Labour party as a whole."
The Labour leader has also appointed Diane Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary and made Baroness Chakrabarti Shadow Attorney General.
Sarah Champion is the new shadow minister for women and equalities, while Jo Stevens becomes Shadow Welsh Secretary.