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Labour MP quits frontbench team

A senior Labour MP has resigned from Ed Miliband's frontbench team but insisted the party leader was doing a "cracking job".

Rob Flello quit as a shadow justice minister because his other political interests meant he felt unable to "give everything the 100% I wanted to".

But the Stoke-on-Trent South MP said he remained loyal to Mr Miliband and hoped the Labour leader would be the next prime minister.

Mr Flello said the decision to return to the backbenches was "something I have been pondering for a couple of months" and he informed shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan of his intention after the Labour Party conference last week.

The announcement was delayed until he had told party members in his constituency, he said.

Insisting the leadership had his full support, he said: "Part of the reason for delaying the announcement until after conference is I did not want to to anything that may have been seen as negative towards Ed.

"He is absolutely spot-on and doing a cracking job and hopefully he will be the next prime minister."

Mr Flello said he would " focus on my other parliamentary interests" including a role as chair of the all-party freight transport group, vice-chairman of Justice for Colombia, and campaigns in support of munitions workers and against irresponsible dog-breeding.

A Labour spokesman said: " Rob has been a great member of the shadow justice team and we will miss his expertise but we have no doubt he will continue to serve with distinction from the backbenches."

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