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Labour reshuffle live: Jeremy Corbyn selects new shadow Cabinet

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Jon Stone
Political Correspondent
Thursday 06 October 2016 20:34
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Jeremy Corbyn listens to speakers in the main hall on the second day of the Labour Party conference
Jeremy Corbyn listens to speakers in the main hall on the second day of the Labour Party conference

The latest updates are

• Rosie Winterton out as Chief Whip, replaced by Nick Brown
• Shami Chakrabarti new Shadow Attorney General as rumoured
• Keir Starmer shadow Brexit Secretary, post split from FCO
• Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary
• Labour hails diversity with most ethnic minority members ever
• Two women in the three Great Offices of State

But top team is disproportionately from North London

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has triggered a frontbench reshuffle, building a new shadow cabinet team following his second victory in the Labour leadership election.

A spokesperson for the Labour leader told The Independent: “Jeremy has today spoken to a number of colleagues in the PLP and will continue to do so throughout the day.

"He has begun the process of appointing a new front bench team.”

Mr Corbyn began the reshuffle by annoucing that Rosie Winterton, the chief whip, was leaving the shadow cabinet.

She is to be replaced by Nick Brown, who previously filled the post under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. But the change was immediately attacked by one of Mr Corbyn's critics

Ms Winterton has been the chief whip of the opposition since Ed Miliband was elected leader of the party.

Newcastle upon Tyne East MP Mr Brown will now have the responsibility of maintaining discipline and unity among Labour MPs.

Mr Corbyn said: “I welcome Nick’s agreement to serve as chief whip to the parliamentary Labour party.

"I would like to pay tribute to Rosie Winterton for her six years’ exceptional service as chief whip. She has played an outstanding role in her support for me as leader and for the Labour Party as a whole.”

Mr Corbyn needs to rebuild his frontbench team after the mass walk-out of shadow cabinet members who opposed him in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in June.

Ms Winterton said it had been "an honour" to serve in the role under three different leaders, adding: "I would like to thank the whips and the Parliamentary Labour Party for the support they have given me. I wish Nick Brown every success in his new role."

Mr Brown said: "Jeremy Corbyn has asked me to serve as chief whip to the parliamentary Labour party and I have accepted. I hope that I can bring experience and play a constructive role in providing the strongest possible opposition to this Tory government.”

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Welcome to The Independent's liveblog of the Labour front bench reshuffle.

Jon Stone6 October 2016 17:57
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Labour's reshuffle kicked off with Rosie Winterton being sacked as Labour chief whip. She had held the post for six years.

She's been replaced by Nick Brown.

Jeremy Corbyn's comment:

“I welcome Nick’s agreement to serve as chief whip to the parliamentary Labour party. I would like to pay tribute to Rosie Winterton for her six years’ exceptional service as Chief Whip. She has played an outstanding role in her support for me as leader and for the Labour Party as a whole.”

Nick Brown's comment:

“Jeremy Corbyn has asked me to serve as chief whip to the parliamentary Labour party and I have accepted. I hope that I can bring experience and play a constructive role in providing the strongest possible opposition to this Tory Government.”

Jon Stone6 October 2016 18:04
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  ↵A rather negative response to that move from one Labour MP: 

Jon Stone6 October 2016 18:05
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There are also two other appointments that we know of now:

Sarah Champion, who returned to the shadow cabinet after resigning, is the Shadow Women and Equalities Minister.

“I became an MP to make a difference. Women and Equalities is something I have spent years fighting for and this appointment is a great honour,” she said.

Meanwhile Jo Stevens is the shadow secretary of state for Wales.

“I am honoured to serve. My first job when I left university was as a graduate trainee in the Home Office, so my career has come full circle,” she said.

Jon Stone6 October 2016 18:10
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Jeremy Corbyn has hailed the promotion of women within the shadow cabinet. He says for the first time ever the 'great offices of state' are shadowed by women.

He was criticised in his first shadow cabinet for not appointing women to these 'great offices'.

“I am delighted to confirm the appointments of four extremely talented women to our shadow cabinet," he said.

"These appointments mean, for the first time ever, two out of the three traditional ‘great offices of state’ will be shadowed by women.”

Jon Stone6 October 2016 18:11
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We're still here, waiting for word on whether there'll be any more announcements tonight... If there are, you'll get them here.

Jon Stone6 October 2016 20:53

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