Labour MP Stephen Pound has warned his fellow Brexit rebel Clive Lewis that resigning over the Article 50 bill is not the most sensible idea if he wants to lead the party.
Lewis has resigned from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, to defy Labour’s three-line whip on the Brexit bill. But MPs voted in favour of the bill last night, by 494 votes to 122.
Pound, the MP for Ealing North, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Lewis shouldn't have resigned because it's "probably not the best way to set out your stall for future leadership."
He added that despite previously being a broadcaster which could be a "black mark," Lewis is "a charming lad with a good back history."
However Pound also said there's no shortage of good "people in the shadow cabinet and outside of the shadow cabinet."
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