My Resignation as Shadow Transport Minister


I have just sent the below letter of resignation to Jeremy Corbyn.

I have done so with a heavy heart. Jeremy is a friend and someone who I have worked with for many years. However, I hope the attached letter of resignation sets out why I believe the current situation has become untenable and cannot be allowed to continue any longer.

You can also find links below to copies of the letter I sent to members and supporters yesterday, and an article I wrote during last year’s leadership election. I hope these also help explain the context for my decision.

I know some of you will support my decision. Others will not. At the end of the day, however, I have to be true to myself and that is why I have submitted my resignation.

My email to constituents yesterday:
My article on the Labour Leadership contest, Aug 2015:

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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