Jeremy Corbyn dithered over whether to sack 13 shadow ministers
The hard Left Labour leader was also facing demands that he ditches his close ally shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, after she failed to show up for the historic vote.
Ms Abbott – an unapologetic Remoaner who reportedly was once Mr Corbyn’s lover – was said to be too unwell to vote even though four “very very ill MPs” turned up to go through the lobbies.
Meanwhile shadow Chancellor John McDonnell suggested that 10 shadow ministers and three junior whips – in charge of party discipline – who all defied the three line order to vote to trigger Article 50 and voted against it, may still keep their jobs.
Ms Abbott was said to be too unwell to vote
They obviously hold the voters in contempt and Jeremy Corbyn can’t even control his own party
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall said: “Labour are a complete shambles. They obviously hold the voters in contempt and Jeremy Corbyn can’t even control his own party.”
Mr Nuttall, who is standing in the Stoke Central by-election, said the latest Labour fiasco was “a huge boost” in a seat where almost 70 per cent backed Leave.
A Leave.EU poll in the constituency has suggested that Mr Nuttall is set to beat his Labour opponent Gareth Snell with a six point lead by 39 per cent to 33 per cent.
'Labour are a complete shambles,' says Stoke Ukip candidate Paul Nuttall
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The pressure on Mr Corbyn mounted last night with veteran backbencher John Mann demanding that he sacks Ms Abbott.
He claimed that the shadow home secretary's position was "outrageous" given that at least four "very, very, ill" MPs, some of whom recently had life-saving operations, turned up for the vote.
Mr Mann said: "She thought she could get away from it.
"Others have the integrity to resign from the shadow cabinet.
"I disagree with their vote but not with their integrity.
"Jeremy Corbyn and the shadow cabinet decided the party position.
"She is in that shadow cabinet."
Mr Mann went on: "If she had been rushed to hospital, then of course that's perfectly rational and reasonable.
"But I think she should apologise to the party for her actions and she should resign".
But Mr McDonnell said: "She wasn't very well. There wasn't going to be a close vote. If there was a close vote we'd be bringing even sick people back."
On the future of the shadow ministers who defied the party whip, he said: “The parliamentary convention will apply, which is that, if you are in the cabinet or shadow cabinet, you will stand down.
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"For other positions, that will be for the chief whip to report and that will be in due course.
"I am not going to pre-empt what the whip is going to recommend."
Mr Corbyn has struggled to fill shadow ministerial posts since he was reelected as Labour leader in September following a parliamentary rebellion against him.
The frontbenchers who voted against the Bill were shadow sport minister Rosena Allin-Khan, shadow culture minister Kevin Brennan, shadow police minister Lyn Brown, shadow housing minister Karen Buck, shadow crime minister Rupa Huq, shadow Northern Ireland minister Stephen Pound, shadow housing minister Andy Slaughter, shadow foreign office minister Catherine West, shadow energy minister Alan Whitehead and shadow transport minister Daniel Zeichner.
The whips were Thangam Debbonaire, Vicky Foxcroft and Jeff Smith.