Jeremy Corbyn has announced a major reshuffle of his shadow cabinet, appointing Diane Abbott as shadow home secretary and Shami Chakrabart as shadow attorney general.
With five black or minority ethnic MPs, his new cabinet has the most BAME members ever, something Corbyn said made him very proud.
The Labour leader needs to rebuild his frontbench team after the mass walk-out of shadow cabinet members opposed to him in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in June.
Now we have more idea about what a future Labour government would look like under his leadership.
Abbott is a long time ally of Corbyn. The two are said to have enjoyed a tour of East Germany on his motorbike back in the 1970s, and their north London constituencies neighbour one another.
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Baroness Chakrabarti, who was made a peer by Jeremy Corbyn a month after her inquiry into anti-Semitism ended, is to be the new shadow attorney general, the Labour leader announced.
She had faced criticism from some quarters for allegedly being too soft on the Labour party in the report.
The baroness has insisted there was ‘nothing remotely transactional’ about her report when asked if there were any talks about a peerage before it was completed.
News of the appointments quickly lit up Twitter, with strong debate on whether Corbyn had made the right call.
Corbyn also made Nick Brown – a long-standing ally of former leader Gordon Brown – chief whip, in a surprise move.
Sarah Champion – who resigned back in June but then asked for her job back a month later – was appointed shadow women and equalities minister.
Jo Stevens became shadow Welsh secretary.
In a tweet that got people wondering about his heritage, Corbyn said: ‘As a proud Welshwoman, I know the dedication with which (Jo) will serve.’
Dawn Butler was given the shadow minister for black and minority ethnic communities portfolio.
Mr Corbyn said: ‘I am very proud that the Labour Party now has five MPs in our shadow cabinet from the BAME community – the highest number ever in any cabinet or shadow cabinet.’