Dodds sacked

Starmer shuffles front bench after election debacle

Sir Keir Starmer iin Edinburgh

Sir Keir Starmer in Edinburgh during the campaign (pic: Terry Murden)

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has reshuffled his front bench team following the disastrous by-election defeat in Hartlepool and the loss of council seats across the country.

He had already sacked party chairman and campaigns organiser Angela Rayner and, as predicted, he has removed Anneliese Dodds as Shadow Chancellor, replacing her with Rachel Reeves.

Ms Rayner is moved to Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work.

It had been thought that Jonathan Ashworth would lose his health portfolio but he remains in post.

Ian Murray remains Shadow Scottish Secretary.


The moves follow a crushing defeat in Hartlepool, a seat held by Labour since 1974, and the loss of control of eight councils.

Sir Keir, who was accused of scapegoating Ms Rayner after saying he would take personal responsibility for the poor election results, accepted that the party had to change. Senior figures claimed it had become too London-centric.

He said: “The Labour Party must be the party that embraces the demand for change across our country.

“That will require bold ideas and a relentless focus on the priorities of the British people. Just as the pandemic has changed what is possible and what is necessary, so Labour must change too.

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