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Miliband makes frontbench changes

Ed Miliband has carried out a mini-reshuffle following the ousting of a member of his frontbench team over a social media gaffe.

Emily Thornberry was forced to quit as shadow attorney general during the Rochester and Strood by-election campaign last month after provoking a storm of protest when she tweeted a picture of a house draped in flags with a white van parked outside and captioned it "Image from Rochester".

Mr Miliband has replaced her with peer Willy Bach, a barrister by profession, who held a number of ministerial roles under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Lord Bach also retains his role as the party's foreign office spokesman in the House of Lords.

Karl Turner is promoted from assistant whip to shadow solicitor general while Chris Bryant becomes shadow minister for the arts in a job swap with Helen Goodman, who takes on the shadow welfare reform role.


From Belfast Telegraph