Diane Abbott appointed shadow home secretary as Jeremy Corbyn kicks off reshuffle

The reshuffle began with the sacking of chief whip Rosie Winterton

 

Diane Abbott has been appointed Labour’s shadow home secretary, an early appointment in Jeremy Corbyn’s long-awaited reshuffle.

Emily Thornberry is already shadow foreign secretary, meaning that for the first time two of the four great offices of state are now shadowed by women.

The process began earlier this evening when longtime Labour chief whip Rosie Winterton was replaced with former agriculture minister Nick Brown.

Since then, Sarah Champion has been appointed shadow minister for women and equalities, and Jo Stevens as shadow secretary for Wales.

As widely expected, Shami Chakrabati has been announced as shadow attorney general.

Further appointments are expected to be announced through the evening. According to a Labour Party spokesperson:

“Jeremy has today spoken to a number of colleagues in the Parliamentary Labour Party and will continue to do so throughout the day. He has begun the process of appointing a new front bench team.”

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