New Shadow cabinet announced –

Sir Keir Starmer has this afternoon finished reshuffling his Shadow Cabinet.  The newly announced team is listed below:

Leader of the Opposition – Keir Starmer

Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow First Secretary of State – Angela Rayner

Deputy Leader, Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work –  Angela Rayner


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Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer: Rachel Reeves

Shadow Home Secretary: Yvette Cooper

Shadow Foreign Secretary: David Lammy

Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy: Jonathan Reynolds

Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero: Ed Miliband

Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, Communities & Local Government: Lisa Nandy

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence: John Healey

Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Lucy Powell

Shadow Secretary of State for Education: Bridget Phillipson

Shadow Secretary of State for ecosystem, Food and Rural Affairs: Jim McMahon

Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care: Wes Streeting

Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade: Nick Thomas-Symonds

Shadow Minister of State at the Cabinet Office: Jenny Chapman

Shadow Secretary of State for Justice: Steve Reed

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport: Louise Haigh

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Party Chair and Chair of Labour Policy Review: Anneliese Dodds

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Jonathan Ashworth

Shadow Attorney General: Emily Thornberry

Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health: Rosena Allin-Khan

Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development: Preet Gill

Shadow Chief Secretary to HM Treasury: Pat McFadden

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales: Jo Stevens

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland: Ian Murray

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Peter Kyle

National Campaign Coordinator: Shabana Mahmood

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons: Thangam Debbonaire

Opposition Chief Whip: Alan Campbell

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords: Angela Smith

Opposition Chief Whip in the House: Roy Kennedy

The reshuffle has seen two leading figures, former shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds, and former shadow Foreign Secretary, Lisa Nandy, demoted to more junior shadow cabinet roles.

There are two big winners from today’s move.  The first is former Labour Cabinet Minister, Yvette Cooper who moves from being Chair of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee to become Shadow Home Secretary.  The second is David Lammy, one of just four members of the Shadow Cabinet to have served in the last Labour government, who now becomes Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Kate Green has left her role as shadow education secretary.

Cat Smith has also left the shadow Cabinet expressing her “concerns” about Jeremy Corbyn not being readmitted to the parliamentary party. past to her election as an MP in 2015, Smith worked as a researcher for a number of Labour MPs, including Mr Corbyn.

The last shadow cabinet reshuffle came after Labour’s loss at the Hartlepool by-election in May.

Ms Rayner said this morning that she was unaware of “the details of any reshuffle, I’ve been concentrating on the job that I’m doing at hand and I think that’s really importance.”

In her speech to the IFG today, she laid out Labour’s plans to overhauls MPs standards, including a ban on ex-ministers taking up lobbying, consultancy or paid employment connected to their former role for a minimum of five years.

A friend of Ms Rayner told LabourList: “Trying to sack Angela and make her the scapegoat for Hartlepool was stupid. But doing a reshuffle when she’s literally on her feet giving a speech attacking the Tories for being corrupt is just plain offensive.”

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