Sir Keir Starmer has gone on the offensive with a reshuffle to clear the last of the Corbynites out of the shadow Cabinet. In doing so, he has brought back some of Labour’s big beasts, including Yvette Cooper.
Here is The Hound’s list of who is in and out of key positions:
• New Labour veteran and big hitter Yvette Cooper is the new Shadow Home Secretary. Nick Thomas-Symonds is out as Shadow Home Secretary and shifted to International Trade.
• Wes Streeting gets Shadow Health Secretary. Jonathan Ashworth moves to Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions.
• Lisa Nandy leaves the Shadow Foreign Secretary beat to focus on party’s efforts to level up, shadowing Michael Gove. David Lammy is the new Shadow Foregin Secretary.
• Kate Green, Shadow Education Secretary, has been sacked. Replaced by Bridget Phillipson.
• Jonathan Reynolds in as Shadow Business Secretary. Now Ed Miliband has a new role focusing on climate and energy.
• Jo Stevens has been demoted from Shadow Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to Shadow Welsh Secretary. Replaced shadowing DCMS by Lucy Powell.
• Blairite Pat McFadden has a pivotal new gig as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
• Emily Thornberry becomes Shadow Attorney General.
• Cat Smith, Shadow Secretary of State for Young People and Democracy, resigned over the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn.
Starmer sprung the reshuffle earlier than expected. Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader, was totally blindsided by the move. She told Times Radio this morning: “I reckon that Keir would tell me first.” He didn’t. She was only told moments before making a speech at 11am the Institute for Government, and had no indication who was in and who was out.
This is not the first time that Starmer has clashed with Rayner. The Labour leader tried to sack Rayner and make her a scapegoat for the party’s historic defeat in the Hartlepool by-election, but ended up promoting her.