Corbyn disappoints Blarites over remaining shadow cabinet posts

Jeremy Corbyn has announced the final positions in his shadow cabinet – dashing hopes of Blairites that he would restore some of them to the front bench.

Among those promoted was his election campaign co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne, who not only helped increase the party’s vote share but also was seen to spar with Boris Johnson.

Some media had reported that Yvette Cooper was among those who would be returning to the shadow Cabinet.

Others had hoped that Chuka Umunna and Ed Miliband would be give top posts.

Some of those towards the right of the party expressed disappointment that former shadow front bench spokespeople under Ed Miliband had not be brought in to shore up Mr Corbyn’s top team.

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Andrew Gwynne went head to head with Boris Johnson before the leaders’ debates

A Twitter user calling himself @Cardwell1992 said: “Wrong of Corbyn not to bring talented people, like Yvette Cooper, back. He may regret it.”

Sheridan Flynn tweeted: “#Labour needs big hitters on the front bench. Umunna, Cooper, & Miliband are articulate, smart, and bloody difficult.”

Mr Gwynne’s appointment was widely hailed by supporters after he was given the job of shadow secretary of state for communities and local government and co-national campaign coordinator.

The MP for Denton and Reddish was previously the shadow minister without portfolio.

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith delivers a speech in Wales
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Owen Smith ran against Jeremy Corbyn in 2016’s Labour leadership campaign

Mr Gwynne took on the Foreign Secretary ahead of Theresa May’s and Mr Corbyn’s first public grilling by a live studio audience on Sky News.

The pair raised their voices as Sky’s Adam Boulton fought to maintain order during what rapidly turned into an argument.

The other appointments that completed Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet were Lesley Laird, who was made shadow secretary of state for Scotland, Dawn Bulter, who was given the job of diverse communities shadow minister and his former leadership rival Owen Smith, who was made shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland.

Mr Corbyn said: “I am delighted to announce four appointments to fill shadow cabinet vacancies.

“I look forward to working with the strengthened shadow cabinet as we prepare a government in waiting to carry out our manifesto for the many not the few.


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“Our party is now on a permanent campaign footing in anticipation of the failure of Theresa May’s attempt to establish a stable administration with the support of the DUP.

“I am therefore appointing Ian Lavery, co-national campaign coordinator, to the additional role of Labour Party Chair to strengthen our campaigning and party organisation, as we prepare to contest a new general election and form the
next government.”

All the other shadow cabinet members remain in their posts.

The move comes as Mr Corbyn overtook Mrs May in YouGov’s favorability ratings, with the number of people who think he is doing a good job compared with the number who say he is doing a bad job rising to 0, compared to the Prime Minister’s -34.


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