With your party conference just one week away it's not great timing to have one of your front benchers suddenly quit, but that's what happened to Keir Starmer today. Marsha de Cordova (pictured) has stood down as shadow women and equalities secretary with immediate effect. The Battersea MP says she wants to concentrate on constituency work in her Battersea marginal.
Control of Battersea has rebounded between Labour and the Tories since 1983. De Cordova was elected in 2017 and currently has a majority of 5,688. It appears that she is desperate to stay on the Westminster gravy train.
In response, Keir Starmer tweeted: "Thank you Marsha for your service and work highlighting the disproportionate impact Covid has had on Black, Asian, minority ethnic and disabled people. You've laid the foundations for a new Labour Race Equality Act to tackle structural inequalities which have existed for too long". He has not announced a replacement at the time of writing.