Seven members of UK opposition Labour withdraw support for leader Corbyn

Ms Gloria de Piero (left) and Ms Heidi Alexander were among those who had withdrawn their support and stepped down from Jeremy Corbyn's "shadow cabinet".
Ms Gloria de Piero (left) and Ms Heidi Alexander were among those who had withdrawn their support and stepped down from Jeremy Corbyn's "shadow cabinet".PHOTOS: EPA/AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - Seven members of Britain's opposition Labour party said on Sunday (June 26) they had withdrawn support for the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, plunging the party into crisis in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn as Labour's foreign policy chief early on Sunday after he said had lost confidence in the leadership. Gloria de Piero, Heidi Alexander, Lucy Powell and Ian Murray all announced they were withdrawing support and stepping down from Corbyn's "shadow cabinet".

Sky News television reported that Lilian Greenwood and Kerry Mccarthy had also resigned.

Several said in statements that they doubted Corbyn's ability to lead the party to victory in the country's next parliamentary election.

A vote must take place within months after Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday he would step down by October after Britain voted to leave the European Union.