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Midland MP Pat McFadden: I was sacked for Paris attacks comments

MP claims he was ousted to the back benches by Jeremy Corbyn for saying the west was not to blame for terrorist attacks

Pat McFadden has been sacked as shadow Europe minister

A Black Country MP claims he has been sacked from the shadow cabinet for speaking out after the Paris terrorist attacks.

Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East Pat McFadden said he had been axed as shadow minister for Europe in Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle after saying the west was not to blame for terrorist attacks.

Mr McFadden had attacked the Stop the War Coalition – previously chaired by the Labour leader – for its comments claiming that Paris was “reaping the whirlwind” for western intervention in the Middle East.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “He said he felt it was an attack on him and that he had come to the conclusion because of that and one or two other things that I shouldn’t continue.

“I think when we say that terrorist attacks are somehow our responsibility, we run the danger of not defending our own societies strongly enough, so this was a difference of substance.

“He clearly feels that me saying that terrorists are entirely responsible for their actions, that no one forces anyone to kill innocent people in Paris, blow up the London Underground, to behead innocent aid workers in Syria, that when I say they are entirely responsible for that he clearly interpreted that as an attack on him.”

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Mr McFadden is one of a number of West Midlands Labour MPs who have spoken out against Jeremy Corbyn. His place is being taken by Pat Glass.

He had previously said in Parliament: “No one forces them to kill innocent people in Paris or Beirut and unless we are clear about that we will fail even to be able to understand the threat we face let alone confront it and ultimately overcome it.”

Mr McFadden said he agreed to stay on the front bench when Mr Corbyn became leader because he believed the upcoming referendum on Britain’s relationship with Europe was of “huge importance”.

He added: “I never pretended that I agreed with Mr Corbyn on everything else and it’s not a surprise that I didn’t.”

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Elsewhere, Trident supporter Maria Eagle has been removed from her defence brief in Mr Corbyn’s reshuffle which has also seen shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher sent to the back benches.

Ms Eagle will replace Mr Dugher, having been seen as blocking Mr Corbyn’s desire to oppose renewal of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

Her berth is taken by Emily Thornberry, who is in line with the leader on Trident.

Meanwhile, senior Labour sources said Mr Corbyn had reached an “agreement” with shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn that there could be no repeat of the situation over Syria airstrikes – when they set out opposing views from the despatch box.

They said the changes had never been intended as a “Big Bang” but were “relatively modest”.



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