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Dodds demoted as Sir Keir Starmer wields ax in shadow Labor cabinet reshuffle | Political news

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has reorganized his first-class squad following dismal election results.

Anneliese Dodds has been sacked from her post as shadow chancellor and will become party chair.

Former economist Rachel Reeves, who said she was “honored”, replaced her as Rishi Sunak’s counterpart.

Angela Rayner, who was sacked on Saturday as party chair and campaign coordinator in a move gone awry within the Labor ranks, has been appointed fictitious First Secretary of State and fictitious Secretary of State for the Future of the job.

She was also awarded the title of Phantom Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the equivalent of Deputy Prime Minister in Sir Keir’s new squad, and will follow Michael Gove, while retaining control of party affairs, ahead of Ms Dodds.

On Twitter, she said she would “work tirelessly to reform our party” to “show that the Labor Party speaks for the working class”.

Of Ms Rayner’s decision, Sky deputy political editor Sam Coates said: “This is the person who, 24 hours ago, was removed from his post as party chairman, sparking a huge briefing battle, with people saying that as one of the working class women around Sir Keir Starmer, she was being punished and a scapegoat for the poor election results. “

Chief Whip Nick Brown has been sacked and will be replaced by Alan Campbell.

A spokesperson for Mr Brown said: “Nick thinks this is a reasonable time for Nick to move on. He and Keir parted ways on good terms, in mutual respect.

“He wished Keir and the new Chief Whip every success.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-09 09:29:00