Shami Chakrabarti appointed shadow Attorney General by Jeremy Corbyn

The appointment may be considered controversial after some critics branded her anti-Semitism inquiry a 'whitewash'

May Bulman@maybulman
Thursday 06 October 2016 21:40
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Baroness Chakrabarti has been appointed to the shadow Cabinet a month after being made a life peer by Mr Corbyn
Baroness Chakrabarti has been appointed to the shadow Cabinet a month after being made a life peer by Mr Corbyn

Shami Chakrabarti has been appointed to the role of shadow Attorney General in Jeremy Corbyn’s Cabinet.

Baroness Chakrabarti, who led the Liberty campaign group for over a decade, was awarded the role just five months after becoming a member of the Labour Party.

The human rights lawyer was made a peer by Mr Corbyn last month following her inquiry into alleged anti-Semitism in Labour.

Mr Corbyn's decision to appoint Baroness Chakrabati to his shadow Cabinet may be considered controversial as some critics of the Labour leader branded her inquiry a “whitewash”.

The Attorney General is the Government’s chief legal advisor and is drawn from the legislature; their shadow holds them to account and develops alternative policies.

In his shadow Cabinet reshuffle Mr Corbyn also handed a major promotion to his long-time ally Diane Abbott, making her shadow Home Secretary, and made veteran Nick Brown - a long-standing ally of former leader Gordon Brown - chief whip, replacing Rosie Winterton.

Mr Corbyn began the reshuffle of his frontbench team after the mass walk-out of shadow Cabinet members opposed to him in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in June.

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