Labour leader Keir Starmer announces new shadow cabinet

New Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has announced the most high profile roles in his shadow cabinet after being declared winner of the party's internal election yesterday.

Sir Keir appointed gave leadership rival and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, who came third in the race to lead the party, a major promotion by making her foreign secretary.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, the favoured candidate among many on the left, has so far been snubbed by Labour's new leader.

She came second in the contest, which Sir Keir won after the first round of counting after winning more than 50% of first preference votes.

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Sir Keir beat off competition from Rebecca Long-Bailey (left) and Lisa Nandy (centre)

Labour's new leader has now made appointments to the major roles in the shadow cabinet, our sister title the Mirror reports.

The new party boss made Anneliese Dodds Shadow Chancellor – a huge promotion for the former MEP who is widely-liked by the parliamentary Labour Party – and Nick Thomas-Symonds replaced Diane Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary.

Angela Rayner, who won the deputy leadership contest, was made party chairwoman, while Jon Ashworth remains Shadow Health Secretary.

Rachel Reeves, who was Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary under Ed Miliband, was given a job shadowing Michael Gove.

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Angela Rayner has been elected as deputy leader of the Labour Party

The MPs form Labour's C-19 Committee, responsible for coordinating the party’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Starmer said: “We are living through a national emergency.

“Under my leadership, the Labour Party will always act in the country’s interest to save lives and protect livelihoods.

“That will be the number one priority of my Shadow Cabinet.

“We will be a responsible opposition that supports the Government where we believe they are right and challenge them when we believe mistakes are being made.”

Mr Thomas-Symonds, a Welsh barrister, said he was “honoured” at his appointment.

He added: “The immediate task is to focus on the #coronaviruscrisis: as @Keir_Starmer said this morning, we will work constructively with the Government, not scoring political points, but also asking the difficult questions needed.”

Ms Reeves posted: “It is a huge honour to be appointed by (Mr Starmer) to be shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, shadowing the Cabinet Office. I look forward to working with Keir and Team @UKLabour as we provide a constructive opposition at this incredibly difficult time for our country.”

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Mr Starmer wielded the knife on his first full day as party premier, ousting frontbenchers who were close to Mr Corbyn.

Barry Gardiner, who was fired as Shadow International Trade Secretary, tweeted: “Just received a courteous phone call from Keir Starmer standing me down from Shadow Cabinet.

“I wished him and his new team well.

"I will continue to do all I can to serve the party and ensure a Labour victory at the next General Election."

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Jon Trickett was sacked as Shadow Cabinet Office Minister.

The MP for Hemsworth, West Yorks, tweeted: “Keir has politely asked me to stand down from Shadow Cabinet.

“I reaffirm my commitment to the cause of working class emancipation and to the North.

“The struggle continues.”

Key Corbyn loyalist Ian Lavery was sacked as party chairman, saying: “It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have been chair of this great party.

“Solidarity to the new leadership and incoming Shadow Cabinet.”

But Mr Starmer opted to keep on Nick Brown as Chief Whip, and Baroness Angela Smith will remain as Labour's leader in the House of Lords.

Other Shadow Cabinet posts are expected to be announced on Monday.

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