Keir Starmer brings Yvette Cooper back to Labour front bench in reshuffle

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Veteran MP Yvette Cooper is to return to the Labor front bench, as opposition leader Keir Starmer conducts a sweeping reshuffle of his shadow cabinet.

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The former work and pensions secretary returned to front-line politics as shadow home secretary in the role of Nick Thomas-Symonds.

Other major changes to Labor’s top team include a minor role for former leader Ed Miliband, who has been removed from his responsibilities for business policy.


Jonathan Reynolds will instead be made shadow business secretary, with Mr Miliband taking into account only the climate and net zero parts of his current role.

Former leadership candidate Lisa Nandy meanwhile moves from shadow foreign secretary to shadow secretary of state for leveling-up – cinematographer Michael Gove.

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Bridget Phillipson replaces Kate Green as shadow education secretary, while Wes Streeting replaces Jonathan Ashworth at Shadow Health Brief. Mr. Ashworth goes to work and the pension is abbreviated.

Mr Thomas-Symonds will shade international business while Lucy Powell will cover culture. Former transportation chief Jim McMahon will cover the environment briefly, with Lewis High taking over his previous job. Emily Thornberry has been transferred to the shadow attorney general.

Earlier, the Labor leader sparked a dispute with his deputy, Angela Renner, amid claims that she had not consulted him before a major speech attacking the government’s “corruption”, where he would go through a reshuffle. were visually visible as filtered news from

Ms Rainer told reporters she was not aware of “the details of any reshuffle” and appeared to be critical of the strategy, insisting that Labor needed “some consistency in how they are approaching things as the opposition”. the wanted”.

his spokesman said Granthshala He had a “short talk” before the speech, but insisted that “he was not consulted on the reshuffle” – an account disputed by aides of the Labor leader.

The flashpoint comes after the pair were locked in their first stand-off during Sir Keir’s last reshuffle in May, where Ms Rainer felt she was being made a scapegoat for the party’s disastrous Hartlepool by-election result with a proposed demotion. Used to be.

But after weeks of accusations of sledges and divisions in Conservative ranks over social care and rail infrastructure, with polls showing declining support for Boris Johnson’s party, the Labor leader on Monday decided to move forward with his second reshuffle of the year. pressured to Best team.

Frontbencher Kat Smith announced her departure with a resignation letter posted on social media on Monday morning – despite receiving an offer from Sir Keir to remain in her current role as shadow minister for democracy.

In a departure shot at the Labor leader, the MP said the failure to reinstate former leader Jeremy Corbyn – who currently sits as an independent MP – into the parliamentary Labor Party was “utterly untenable”.

The shadow attorney general, Lord Faulkner, whose earnings outside Parliament came under scrutiny as Labor launched its attack on the Conservative sled, also announced that he was withdrawing from frontline politics in a letter to Sir Keir.

In a statement, Sir Keir said the Labor Party was “focused on the priorities of the country”, describing its new shadow cabinet as “smaller, more focused”.

He said: “I am particularly pleased that Lisa Nandy will be instrumental in hiding Michael Gove and leveling the agenda. Prospering to all sectors and nations in the UK, after 11 years of conservative mismanagement of our economy, is the next Labor The government will have a defined mission, and there will be no one better than Lisa to lead this work.

“Climate change is the most important issue facing this country over the next decade. Ed Miliband will lead the Shadow Cabinet for the first time in a Labor government to develop Labor’s comprehensive plans for Net Zero, and to explain its failure to act.” Ed has a proven track record in government, and is a powerful, internationally respected voice on this issue, and so I’m glad he’s agreed to take the lead on this.

“Make Brexit work is a huge part of my agenda and so I have asked Nick Thomas-Symonds to be in charge of international trade and lead a shadow cabinet committee to deliver this important task.

“I would like to thank everyone who has left the shadow cabinet today for their great service to me and our party. I look forward to working with the new team, to show that we are once again The Tories are a serious party of government ready to fix the mess in the country and inspire voters to believe that Britain’s best days are ahead of us.

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