Angela Rayner is Labour’s first sacrifice. The party’s most senior female MP – and a northerner to boot – has been fired by Sir Keir Starmer in his first move to salvage the party’s reputation after being trounced in regional elections around the country.

Rayner – who has sometimes been touted as a potential leader herself – has been relieved of her duties as the party’s chairman and campaigns coordinator but remains deputy leader, which is an elected position.