New Labour appointments as Corbyn reshuffle enters eleventh day

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14th January 2016

Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench reshuffle has entered its eleventh day after the Labour leader announced four new appointments.

The shakeup, which began earlier this month, has so far resulted in two sackings, four resignations and uproar in the party.

Shadow Culture Secretary Michael Dugher and Shadow Europe Minister Pat McFadden were both sacked, and Maria Eagle was replaced as Shadow Defence Secretary by anti-Trident MP Emily Thornberry.

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The changes sparked a furious Labour backlash, and led to Jonathan Reynolds, Stephen Doughty, Kevan Jones all leaving their shadow ministerial posts.

Earlier this week, Catherine McKinnell became the first Shadow Cabinet member to resign when she quit as Shadow Attorney General. 

But after telling journalists last week the reshuffle had finished, Mr Corbyn announced a handful of new appointments at midday today.

Labour has insisted the new appointments are not part of the reshuffle.

Bradford East MP Imran Hussain was appointed a Shadow International Development Minister, while Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire became a Shadow Culture Minister.

The appointment of Edmonton MP Kate Osamor as Shadow Minister for Women and Inequalities is likely to raise eyebrows as she joins two others, Cat Smith and Kate Green, who seemingly hold the same role.

Meanwhile, former miner David Anderson, who previously voted in support of Trident renewal, was taken on board as a whip.

Two of the MPs, Ms Osamor and Mr Hussain, were among the 36 who nominated Mr Corbyn for the Labour leadership.

Three of them, Ms Osamor, Mr Hussain and Ms Debbonaire, are 2015 intake MPs.

And three, Ms Osamor, Mr Hussain and Mr Anderson, voted against of RAF airstrikes in Syria, while Ms Debbonaire did not vote on the issue.

'MOVE ON FROM NAVEL GAZING'

In a statement to his local paper the Newcastle Chronicle, Mr Anderson called for an end to the party “fighting each other”.

“It’s vital that we move on from the internal navel gazing and personality clashes and started taking the fight to this most vicious of governments,” he said.

“They are hammering the poor, decimating our councils and the vital services they provide, attacking our democracy through the Trade Union Bill and pushing on with plans to redraw constituency boundaries with the aim of giving themselves a big advantage in future elections.”