Shadow cabinet reshuffle underway – Politics.co.uk

A reshuffle of Labour’s shadow cabinet is now underway.

Reports of an impending rejig of Labour’s frontbench were trailed by the Sunday Times yesterday.

The biggest casualty of the day is the shadow home secretary Nick-Thomas Symonds, who has reportedly been demoted into an international trade role.

The Daily Mirror’s political editor Pippa Crerar has reported that the home affairs committee chair Yvette Cooper could take his place.

David Lammy is also rumoured to be moving to the shadow foreign office, which is currently held by Lisa Nandy. Nandy is widely expected to shadow Michael Gove as Labour look to challenge the government’s levelling up agenda.

Kate Green has also left her role as shadow education secretary.

The shadow minister for young people and democracy Cat Smith has now confirmed her departure from the frontbench via Twitter, in which she expressed her “concerns” about Jeremy Corbyn not being readmitted to the parliamentary party.

Previous to her election as an MP in 2015, Smith worked as a researcher for a number of Labour MPs, including Mr Corbyn.

Shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens has confirmed that she is to replace Nia Griffith as shadow Welsh secretary.

Ms Griffith served as both shadow secretary for Wales and shadow defence minister under Corbyn.

LabourList reported that the reshuffle was possibly underway late this morning, at the same time as Ms Rayner was giving a speech to the Institute for Government on how the party planned to overhaul rules on sleaze and “rebuild trust in public life”.

The last shadow cabinet reshuffle came after Labour’s loss at the Hartlepool by-election in May.

Anneliese Dodds supplanted Ms Rayner as party chairman and Rachel Reeves was promoted to shadow Chancellor in Dodds’ place.

Ms Rayner said this morning that she was unaware of “the details of any reshuffle, I’ve been concentrating on the job that I’m doing at hand and I think that’s really importance.”

In her speech to the IFG today, she laid out Labour’s plans to overhauls MPs standards, including a ban on ex-ministers taking up lobbying, consultancy or paid employment linked to their former role for a minimum of five years.

A friend of Ms Rayner told LabourList: “Trying to sack Angela and make her the scapegoat for Hartlepool was stupid. But doing a reshuffle when she’s literally on her feet giving a speech attacking the Tories for being corrupt is just plain offensive.”

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