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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4 Responses to “Diane Abbott appointed shadow home secretary as Jeremy Corbyn kicks off reshuffle”

  1. Cole

    Wasn’t this guy Chief Whip under New Labour? I thought old JC didn’t hold with all that.

  2. Imran Khan

    What’s important here is the fact that the only person he has got to deal with the Home Office is Abbott. That says everything about the state of the Labour Party.

  3. Cole

    …old geezer appoints ex mistress to top job.

  4. Pete McManus

    Surely a joke.

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