Promoted, demoted, sacked: Who is who in Labour’s new most sensible crew


Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has finished a reshuffle of his shadow cupboard, after what he described as ‘bitterly disappointing’ effects for the birthday party within the elections hung on 6 Would possibly.

Here is a breakdown of who is in, who is out, who is been demoted and who is staying put.


Lengthy-serving Labour frontbencher Nick Brown has misplaced his process as opposition leader whip.

Shadow chief whip Nick Brown arrives at the Labour Party offices in Westminster, London, ahead of a meeting of the party's National Executive Committee to set the leadership contest timetable
Nick Brown

The MP for Newcastle upon Tyne East since 1983 has served as leader whip for each Labour chief since Tony Blair. He has a name as one among Westminster’s maximum skilled and efficient parliamentary fixers. However following the announcement of his sacking, his allies launched a observation indicating he used to be no longer sour about Sir Keir’s resolution.

“Nick thinks it is a affordable time for Nick to transport on. He and Keir have parted on excellent phrases, with mutual admire. He needs Keir and the brand new leader whip each good fortune,” the supply mentioned.

Valerie Vaz MP speaking in the House of COmmons, London.
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Valerie Vaz

Additionally sacked used to be Valerie Vaz, who has been shadow chief of the Space of Commons since 2016.

The MP for Walsall South mentioned in a observation: “It’s been an honour to function shadow chief of the home for over four-and-a-half years. I want Keir and my successor all of the perfect for the long run.”


Shadow cabinet minister Rachel Reeves responds to the news that a Labour-run council will close schools in the London Borough of Greenwich.
Rachel Reeves

The most important, even though no longer probably the most unexpected, promotion went to Rachel Reeves, who is going from shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to shadow chancellor.

Having spent the remaining 12 months going head-to-head with Michael Gove she’s going to now be tasked with looking to grasp chancellor Rishi Sunak to account.

A notable function of many fresh PMQs periods is Sir Keir Starmer’s efforts to verify Mr Sunak is implicated in executive failings – a tactic extensively interpreted as a mirrored image of the worry in Labour that Mr Sunak’s obvious recognition make him a long term danger have been he to be successful Boris Johnson as Conservative chief within the coming years.

That Sir Keir has entrusted this job to Ms Reeves is telling. MP for Leeds West since 2010, the previous Financial institution of England economist advanced an in depth operating bond with Sir Keir right through the Brexit turmoil of Theresa Would possibly’s premiership. Labour resources say their perspectives at the birthday party’s long term are very intently aligned.

Deputy leader Angela Rayner speaking at the Labour Party's online conference in London.
Angela Rayner

Deputy chief Angela Rayner strikes from the placement of birthday party chair and marketing campaign coordinator to shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. She additionally takes at the roles of shadow first secretary of state and shadow secretary of state for the way forward for paintings.

Given the 24 hours of fury and backbiting inside the birthday party that used to be brought on via stories, showed via her personal crew, that she were sacked, this transfer signifies {that a} deal has been finished with Sir Keir Starmer that she is content material with.

There shall be a debate about whether or not this can be a promotion or a sideways transfer, however in the case of public profile within the Space of Commons it is going to see her again on the despatch field keeping Michael Gove and the cupboard place of business to account.

Her remaining notable look in parliament used to be again in September when she stepped in for Sir Keir and took on Boris Johnson at PMQs. She opened that alternate via asking the top minister if he knew the typical hourly price for a care employee on this nation – Boris Johnson’s non-committal reaction used to be top social media fodder for Labour. That roughly interplay may give you the cut-through Sir Keir is in search of, as long as the birthday party’s inside divisions on display this weekend don’t escalate.

Sir Alan Campbell, the MP for Tynemouth, has been promoted from deputy leader whip, a put up he has held since 2010, to leader whip.

A junior house place of business minister underneath Gordon Brown, Sir Alan should use all of the methods up his sleeve to control the simmering tensions within the parliamentary birthday party and make sure Labour has an affect within the Space of Commons, regardless of the large majority Boris Johnson’s Conservatives experience.

Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood Shabana Mahmood on College Green, London, before taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon
Shabana Mahmood

Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Ladywood, has been promoted to the placement of Labour campaigns coordinator, taking at the function that used to be in the past held via deputy chief Angela Rayner.

She won’t have a lot time to settle into the function, with a a very powerful by-election in Batley and Spen most likely within the coming months after the constituency’s present MP Tracy Brabin used to be elected the brand new metro mayor of West Yorkshire.

Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire gives a winners speech after the results in the Bristol West General Election 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May, 8, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Thangam Debbonaire

Thangam Debbonaire used to be the one different promotion within the reshuffle, shifting from her place as shadow housing minister to shadow chief of the Space of Commons.

The MP for Bristol West since 2015 had in the past served within the opposition whips place of business between 2016 and 2020, so may have labored intently with new opposition leader whip Sir Alan Campbell.


Anneliese Dodds

Anneliese Dodds fell from the best possible political perch on this reshuffle, however has retained a job within the shadow cupboard.

She has handiest been an MP since 2017, when she used to be elected to constitute Oxford East, however she used to be temporarily followed into former shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s treasury crew right through Jeremy Corbyn’s management, and when Sir Keir Starmer took over remaining April she turned into the primary feminine shadow chancellor.

A a hit educational and previous Labour MEP, she used to be additionally observed as a unifying determine – revered via all wings of the birthday party. However even her political allies recognize she had didn’t punch via and connect to the general public as shadow chancellor, at a time when one among Labour’s most sensible priorities is clipping the wings of Rishi Sunak and discovering a political and financial message that competes with a Conservative Birthday party that has embraced large public spending. She’s going to now tackle Angela Rayner’s earlier function as birthday party chair.


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