Pat Glass resigns as shadow education secretary after two days

The shadow education secretary Pat Glass has resigned after just two days in the post.

Glass, the MP for North West Durham, was appointed to succeed Lucy Powell on Monday following Powell’s resignation over the weekend.

But after announcing yesterday that she would quit Parliament at the next general election, Glass has said today that she was also quitting her “dream job” in the shadow cabinet”.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have today resigned as Shadow SoS Education. My dream job but the situation is untenable,” she tweeted today.

Her resignation, which comes in the wake of a mass exodus from the Labour front-bench in protest against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, effectively leaves the opposition without an education team.

Four junior members of the team also resigned on Monday, leaving just one MP – shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden – officially speaking for the party on education issues.

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  1. The Party needs strong and loyal people in it’s key positions so the resignation of Pat Glass is a small step in the right direction. Jeremy Corbyn has been the subject of orchestrated political bullying by his own party to the extent that I hope no decent person ever votes Labour whilst the likes of Burnham and Cooper remain. They take ‘back-stabbing’ to a new level. Pat Glass says her position is untenable NOT because of the traitor’s disease but because she resides in a county that is about to legitimise the theft of money from Teaching Assistants by altering their contracts. She could not be seen to support such disgusting action and at the same time be the shadow secretary for education. She would LIKE to…but cannot. Good riddance.