‘You’ve got morals, mate’ - Reaction to Clive Lewis’ resignation from the shadow cabinet
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Norwich South MP Clive Lewis stepped down as shadow business secretary last night after he joined around 50 MPs in voting against triggering Brexit negotiations in the Commons.
The Labour MP released a statement moments before the vote on whether to trigger Article 50 and said that he could not 'with conscience' vote in favour of the Bill.
He said: 'When I became the MP for Norwich South, I promised my constituents I would be Norwich's voice in Westminster, not Westminster's voice in Norwich.
'I therefore cannot, in all good conscience, vote for something I believe will ultimately harm the city I have the honour to represent, love and call home.'
MORE: Clive Lewis resignation: I promised to be Norwich's voice in WestminsterHis resignation ignited a lively debate across all of our media platforms.
On our online story Bigchair commented: 'Regardless of politics I think you have respect for somebody who is prepared to make a stand and vote the way his constituents would expect.
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'It would have been easy to say that he was following the party whip but he decided, quite rightly, that he should support those that elected him.'
So_Many_Haters! said: 'Well, you've got to give him credit for sticking with one thing he said he'd do, rather than looking for a last-minute about-turn.'
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And Alchemist added: 'A principled stand. Norwich voted to remain. Clive Lewis is our parliamentary representative and reflects the wishes of his constituents. The usual people who do not want him as MP will complain.'
MORE: A quiet return to the backbenches is unlikely for CliveOn Facebook there was a wide range of opinions on Mr Lewis' decision.
Paul Oxborrow said: 'Not Norwich, Norwich South. Don't need his voice in Norwich North thank you.'
Ivan Coppard wrote: 'Kept his word, respect that. Now he can concentrate on being an MP again.'
Trixster Bishopp agreed. They wrote: 'Huge Respect Clive. You've got morals mate.'
But Michael Pye disgareed simply writing: 'You didn't speak for me on Brexit Clive.'
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who ordered his MPs to back the bill, praised Mr Lewis who was an early backer of his leadership bid, saying he was an asset to the Labour Party and their movement.