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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer unveils new-look shadow cabinet

Anneliese Dodds, Lisa Nandy and Nick Thomas-Symonds are among those who have been given frontbench roles.

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Newly-elected Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London to appear on the Andrew Marr show (PA)

Newly-elected Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London to appear on the Andrew Marr show (PA)

Newly-elected Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London to appear on the Andrew Marr show (PA)

Sir Keir Starmer has announced the senior members of his new shadow cabinet – and has given a top job to former leadership rival Lisa Nandy.

The Wigan MP, who came third in the contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn, will serve as shadow foreign secretary.

Former treasury minister Anneliese Dodds has been made shadow chancellor, while Nick Thomas-Symonds has been appointed shadow home secretary.

Rachel Reeves is shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, while Jonathan Ashworth will remain shadow health secretary.

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Lisa Nandy has been appointed shadow foreign secretary (Jane Barlow/PA)

Lisa Nandy has been appointed shadow foreign secretary (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Lisa Nandy has been appointed shadow foreign secretary (Jane Barlow/PA)

Nick Brown has been re-appointed chief whip and Angela Smith remains shadow leader of the Lords.

John McDonnell and Diane Abbott, who served under Jeremy Corbyn, are out of the shadow cabinet, but former shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry is expected to remain – albeit in a different role.

Sir Keir said: “We are living through a national emergency. Under my leadership, the Labour Party will always act in the country’s interest to save lives and protect livelihoods. That will be the number one priority of my shadow cabinet.

“We will be a responsible opposition that supports the Government where we believe they are right and challenge them when we believe mistakes are being made.”

Barry Gardiner, Jon Trickett and Ian Lavery have left the shadow cabinet, while appointments are set to be finalised on Monday.

The announcement was made in a WhatsApp message to journalists – a sign of the times amid the coronavirus crisis.

Ms Nandy said it was a “real honour” to be tasked with leading the party’s foreign policy response “in these difficult times”.

Ms Dodds said she was “delighted” to be made shadow chancellor, and urged the party to “pull together in the face of unprecedented economic circumstances”.

Mr Thomas-Symonds said he was “honoured” by his appointment.

Sir Keir pledged earlier on Sunday to create a “balanced” team from across the country and party, with people who “want to serve towards the future aim of winning that next general election”.

He has vowed to make it his “mission” to reconnect the party with the public, saying Labour needs to change so trust can be regained.

Sir Keir secured 56% of the 490,731 votes cast in the three-month contest – beating his rivals Rebecca Long-Bailey and Ms Nandy to replace Mr Corbyn.

“I will have in my shadow cabinet those that want to serve towards the future aim of winning that next general election,” he told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show.

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“It will be a talented, balanced shadow cabinet.”

He has vowed to engage constructively with the Government amid the coronavirus crisis, saying he will not seek to score party political points – nor demand the impossible.

On Brexit, Sir Keir said the Government “should extend” the transition period “if it’s necessary to do so” because of the pandemic.

Angela Rayner won the deputy leadership with 52.6% of the vote in the third round, and promised to “do everything” to repay her supporters’ trust.

She acknowledged the party had “let down” the Jewish community, and also has to win back the respect of voters who had left the party to vote Tory.

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