Labour reshuffle continues in wake of elections - report

Sunday, 09. May 2021 23:24

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer continued his reshuffle of members' positions in the party, changing prominent frontbenchers, as the party tries to cope with the losses it had during the 2021 United Kingdom local and mayoral elections, British media reported.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, the report states that Nick Brown has been sacked from his position as Chief Whip in the House of Commons, to be replaced by Alan Campbell. Meanwhile, Anneliese Dodds is being moved from the position of shadow chancellor to party chair, as Valerie Vaz departed as shadow Commons leader. Rachel Reeves got the shadow chancellor gig, while Thangam Debbonaire is expected to be the new shadow leader of the Commons.

Angela Rayner, who was sacked yesterday as party chair, got tapped as the new shadow Chancellor for the Duchy of Lancaster and the new shadow secretary of state for the future of work, a significant profile raise. While Labour won the majority in Wales and the mayoralty in London, overall it suffered major defeats in the elections as the Conservative Party gained control of local councils and towns, confirming the shift to the party in the Labour red wall that started during the 2019 UK general elections.

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