McGinn tweets support for sacked Hilary Benn

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn has tweeted a message of support to Hilary Benn, who was sacked over the weekend
St Helens North MP Conor McGinn has tweeted a message of support to Hilary Benn, who was sacked over the weekend
  • St Helens MP tweets support for sacked shadow foreign secretary
  • Conor McGinn’s tweet prompted an angry backlash from Corbyn supporters
  • McGinn’s former boss Vernon Coaker is among those who have resigned in protest

St Helens MP Conor McGinn has thrown his support behind sacked shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn.

Mr McGinn, who was elected as Labour MP in May last year, saluted Mr Benn’s work during the EU referendum, and called him “a man who loves and cares deeply about the Labour Party and his country”.

But his tweet prompted a series of vitriolic attacks from dozens of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, with one branding both McGinn and Benn “warmongers”, a reference to their support for the Syrian bombing campaign.

Mr Benn was dimissed in the early hours of Sunday morning after he told Mr Corbyn he had lost confidence in his leadership.

This triggered a series of resignations, including Mr McGinn’s friend and former boss Vernon Coaker, with over 15 members of the shadow cabinet walking out.

It is widely known that Mr McGinn is no fan of Mr Corbyn’s leadership, and his support for Mr Benn is his most public declaration to date of that dissatisfaction.

Hilary Benn arrives back at his home in London after appearing on the BBC One current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show

Hilary Benn arrives back at his home in London after appearing on the BBC One current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show

He wrote: “It was a privilege to campaign beside @hilarybennmp during the #EURef. A man who loves & cares deeply about the Labour Party & his country.”

The 31-year-old currently serves as an opposition whip.

It’s unclear whether he will continue in the role under Mr Corbyn’s leadership.

His messages was retweeted 53 times and liked 63 but prompted a series of angry responses from Corbynists.

It was a privilege to campaign beside @hilarybennmp during the #EURef

Conor McGinn MP

One, tweeting under the handle ‏@liammcg74, wrote: “@ConorMcGinn @hilarybennmp you both voted to drop bombs on children.”

File photos of members of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet who have today resigned (top row, left to right) Ian Murray, Gloria De Piero, Kerry McCarthy, Heidi Alexander and  Lord Falconer. (bottom row, left to right) Lucy Powell, Lilian Greenwood, Seema Malhotra, Vernon Coaker and Karl Turner

File photos of members of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet who have today resigned (top row, left to right) Ian Murray, Gloria De Piero, Kerry McCarthy, Heidi Alexander and Lord Falconer. (bottom row, left to right) Lucy Powell, Lilian Greenwood, Seema Malhotra, Vernon Coaker and Karl Turner

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London, after he promoted key allies as the revolt against his leadership of the Labour Party continued

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London, after he promoted key allies as the revolt against his leadership of the Labour Party continued