Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has refused to rule himself out from standing as a 'stalking horse' in a potential Labour Party leadership battle to oust Jeremy Corbyn.

The veteran MP has never been a huge fan of the Labour leader and is likely to play a key role in any attempt to unseat Mr Corbyn.

One of his daughters works for Blairite David Miliband.

The feeding frenzy over Mr Corbyn's leadership began after his lacklustre showing during the Referendum campaign and saw senior backbencher Margaret Hodge and MP Ann Coffey table a motion of no confidence.

The parliamentary Labour party is expected to discuss it tomorrow and a vote could be taken on Tuesday.

Fifty names are needed to trigger a leadership contest.

Those plotting to oust Mr Corbyn have been given fresh ammunition by his sacking of the highly rated Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn in the early hours of Sunday.

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This in turn prompted a further give shadow cabinet members to resign.

They are Heidi Alexander, Ian Murray, Gloria de Piero, Lillian Greenwood and Lucy Powell.

The campaign has been given fresh urgency by David Cameron's decision to stand down as Prime Minister following Remain's defeat in the referendum giving rise to speculation that with a new Conservative leader in place within months a general election could happen as early as next year.

Barry Sheerman gives his views to the Examiner after the general election last year

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Mr Sheerman gave a fairly clear view of his feelings when he told the Examiner today: "It's time to consider the good of the party. We need to get a leadership team that can win. This weekend is a time for reflection.

"We were pretty dismal at getting people out for the referendum and I was one of those who stood up in the parliamentary Labour party and begged Jeremy to use passion and commitment in our bid to win the referendum.

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"I think it's astonishing that Hilary Benn has lost his job and a number of the most talented members of the Labour Party declined to serve in the first place. We are in a serious situation."

He said he would decide what to do following tomorrow's meeting.

Meanwhile, Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney, who voted Leave, has declined to say who he will be backing in the Conservative leadership contest following Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that he would step down in October.

Mr Cameron had little choice but to resign following Remain’s defeat in the referendum on whether the UK should stay in the European Union.

Mr McCartney, who is on the 1922 Committee executive which meets tomorrow, said members would discuss the procedure to select a new leader.

He said: “I’m open-minded but I would want someone who had a focus on Yorkshire and the Northern Powerhouse. I want to talk to any potential candidates first.”