Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had a tough time after a ‘Tory sleaze’ scandal over paid advocacy, a speech to business leaders described as “shambolic”, and worsening relations with the French over the migrant crisis. Now, Sir Keir Starmer has decided to reshuffle his own cabinet after the polls put Labour ahead of the Tory party for the first time in a year.
Political commentators say Sir Keir is attempting to move the Labour party in a new direction, to a more central position.
Political Correspondent Tamara Cohen said: “There are plenty of reasons to see the reshuffle as a shift to the centre, and indication of where Starmer’s politics really lie.
“Arch critics of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, such as Wes Streeting now at health, and Bridget Phillipson at education, were given big promotions.”
Nick Thomas-Symonds is being demoted from his position as shadow Home Secretary, and Yvette Cooper is stepping up to the role.
Yvette Cooper has been a Labour MP since 1997 and served as Shadow Home Secretary under Ed Miliband from 2011 to 2015, when she faced then-home secretary Theresa May.
After going head to head with Jeremy Corbyn in the 2015 leadership contest, Ms Cooper was sent to the backbenches, and later served as chair of the home affairs select committee.
She will now be one of the few former cabinet ministers from the Gordon Brown era on Labour’s frontbench, having served as work and pensions secretary from 2008 to 2010.
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Ms Nandy is known for her long campaign for Labour to focus more on understanding the concerns of voters who live in towns rather than metropolitan cities.
Speaking to Sky News this morning she said: “We’re going to go out in the country and start delivering to people in towns and villages which have been completely abandoned by the political system.”
She attempted to take on Sir Keir in the 2020 leadership election, but was given a senior role as Foreign Secretary by Sir Keir when he won.
Labour insiders regard her as an authentic and effective communicator key to winning back “red wall” seats the party lost in the 2019 general election, according to the Guardian.
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Cat Smith has refused to carry on as Shadow Minister for Young People and Democracy after pushing for Jeremy Corbyn to be reinstated to the Labour Party, and she will now return to the backbenches.
Sir Keir told LBC radio on Friday that he has not spoken to Jeremy Corbyn since he chose to suspend Mr Corbyn after a report was published into anti-Semitism in the party in October 2020.
Kate Green has been dismissed as shadow education secretary, and Bridget Phillipson has stepped up to the job after serving as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury for a year.
Wes Streeting has been named as Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, replacing Jonathan Ashworth, who has become shadow work and pensions secretary.
Mr Streeting was previously the shadow secretary for child poverty.
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