Labour leader Kier Starmer has appointed a new senior team in a shadow cabinet reshuffle after poor election results last Thursday
Announcing the new line-up late on Sunday evening, Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West since 2010, replaces Anneliese Dodds as shadow chancellor. A former Bank of England economist, Reeves is regarded as a combative Commons performer who has kept sleaze allegations against Boris Johnson in the headlines in the recent months.
Angela Rayner has been promoted to shadow cabinet office minister, as well as taking on the roles of shadow chancellor for the Duchy of Lancaster, facing up to Michael Gove who is championing the levelling up agenda, and shadow secretary of state for the future of work. Anneliese Dodds has been made party chair, replacing Rayner, and veteran whip Alan Campbell will replace Nick Brown as chief whip having served as his deputy since 2010.
Starmer had intended to reshuffle his top team in an effort to draw a line under the recent elections results, which saw the party lose control of 13 town halls and eight councils, leaving them with 44 in total. They also suffered a defeat in the Hartlepool parliamentary by-election.
On Twitter Reeves said: ‘Honoured to accept the role of Shadow Chancellor. Our economic recovery must be fair. We must transform lives and back businesses in every part of our country. Together we can create the secure jobs and strong infrastructure we need. Everyone deserves a stake in Britain’s future.’
Starmer said: ‘The Labour Party must be the party that embraces the demand for change across our country. Just as the pandemic has changed what is possible and what is necessary, so Labour must change too.’
In the local council elections on Thursday England’s 143 local council elections delivered notable wins for the Conservatives and the Greens. The Conservatives won the most seats, as well as gaining control of 13 councils, giving them 63 in total. The Green Party more than doubled their number of seats nationally, with 88 more councillors elected to take them to 151, and the Liberal Democrats gained one council, taking them to seven.
Labour kept hold of London and Manchester mayors with Sadiq Khan voted in for a second term as London mayor and Andy Burnham extended his majority as Manchester mayor.