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Keir Starmer Shuffles Labour Party’s Pack as Rebecca Long-Bailey Moved and Ed Miliband Resurrected

© AP Photo / Kirsty WigglesworthRebecca Long-Bailey
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Sir Keir Starmer, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, was elected as the new leader of the opposition Labour Party on Saturday, replacing Jeremy Corbyn. He defeated one of Corbyn’s closest allies, Rebecca Long-Bailey, and Lisa Nandy - a Corbyn critic.

The new Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer, 57, has completed his reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, 40, has been given the education portfolio and former leader Ed Miliband has come in from the cold and been given Long-Bailey’s former portfolio as Shadow Business, Enery and Industrial Strategy Secretary.

Emily Thornberry, who was removed as Shadow Foreign Secretary on Sunday, has been made International Trade Secretary.

Thornberry has been replaced by Lisa Nandy, 40, the MP for Wigan and a critic of Corbynism.

Anneliese Dodds has replaced John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor and Nick Thomas-Symonds, a Welsh lawyer, has been appointed Shadow Home Secretary, replacing Diane Abbott.

​As Britain battles the coronavirus crisis, Jonathan Ashworth has been retained as Shadow Health Secretary but several Corbyn loyalists - Barry Gardiner, Jon Trickett and Ian Lavery - were fired on Sunday, 5 April.

On Monday, 6 April, Richard Burgon tweeted that he had been fired as Shadow Justice Secretary. Burgon, a Corbyn loyalist, had run for the deputy leadership.

​He has been replaced by David Lammy, who has been outspoken on the issue of the government’s handling of the Grenfell Tower fire and has also been a vociferous Remainer during the Brexit debate.   

Angela Rayner was elected as Deputy Leader on Saturday - four months after her successor Tom Watson stepped down.

​John Healey has been appointed as Shadow Defence Secretary and a newcomer, Jonathan Reynolds, has been given the Work and Pensions brief.

Rosena Allin-Khan, who ran for the deputy leadership, has been appointed Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Lord Falconer - who is not an MP but was a minister in Tony Blair’s government - has been appointed Shadow Attorney General.

​There is no place in the Shadow Cabinet for Yvette Cooper or Hilary Benn, both of whom had been tipped for a return to the front bench by political analysts.

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