Jeremy Corbyn reshuffles shadow cabinet

Jeremy Corbyn reshuffles shadow cabinet

Jeremy Corbyn reshuffles shadow cabinet

Owen Smith, the former leadership contender, has been tipped for a return, having showered praise on Corbyn at the weekend and said: "I take my hat off to him".

The Labour leader brought back the man who tried to oust him in 2016 as he began putting together a "strengthened shadow cabinet" following the General Election.

Smith could be appointed as shadow Northern Ireland secretary, the New Statesman reported.

Lesley Laird also makes it to the top team as shadow Scottish secretary, just days after being elected as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

Mr Corbyn made Dawn Butler - who quit the frontbench earlier this year over triggering Brexit - Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities.

The West Bromwich East MP was handed the position in September 2015, but has now been replaced by Ian Lavery, a campaign co-ordinator and key ally of the Labour leader.

Mr Corbyn said: "I am delighted to announce four appointments to fill shadow cabinet vacancies".

Andrew Gwynne, who co-chaired the party's campaign, and was widely regarded as performing strongly in media appearances, including a verbal tussle with Boris Johnson, will be the new communities and local government secretary.

'I am therefore appointing Ian Lavery, Co-National Campaign Coordinator, to the additional role of Labour Party Chair to strengthen our campaigning and party organisation, as we prepare to contest a new general election and form the next government'.

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