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Emily Thornberry Made Shadow Defence Secretary In Reshuffle, Solidifying Labour's Anti-Trident Stance

06/01/2016 00:25 GMT | Updated 06/01/2016 02:00 GMT

A shadow minister once sacked by Ed Miliband for "mocking" a St George Cross flag was made Shadow Defence secretary on Tuesday, part of the ongoing Labour reshuffle that has already claimed the cabinet positions of Pat McFadden and Michael Dugher.

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Emily Thornberry outside Portcullis House, London

Islington MP Emily Thornberry replaces Maria Eagle on defence brief, a move that solidifies Jeremy Corbyn's anti-Trident position within his own cabinet. Thornberry is not an advocate for the renewal of Britain's nuclear deterrence, unlike her predecessor.

Eagle has been moved to culture secretary. Hillary Benn, who was rumoured to be facing the sack, has remained as shadow foreign secretary.

After more than 30 hours of bitter infighting, Labour sources also revealed Europe spokesman Pat McFadden would leave the shadow cabinet, replaced by Pat Glass. McFadden was axed for criticising Corbyn's response to the Paris terror attacks.

Thornberry gained notoriety in 2014 after she was accused of "utter contempt" for the working class by tweeting a mocking picture of a St George Cross flag on a Rochester home, just hours before polls closes in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Miliband was reportedly "angrier than he has ever been" over the tweet, sacking the Islington MP after a series of conversations.

Labour’s new Shadow Cabinet:

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

Tom Watson MP

Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Angela Eagle MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Seema Malhotra MP

Shadow Home Secretary

Andy Burnham MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary

Hilary Benn MP

Opposition Chief Whip

Rosie Winterton MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Heidi Alexander MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Lucy Powell MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Owen Smith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Emily Thornberry MP

Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

Lord Falconer of Thoroton

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, ShadowMinister for the Constitutional Convention

Jon Trickett MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Lisa Nandy MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

Chris Bryant MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Lilian Greenwood MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Vernon Coaker MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Ian Murray MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Nia Griffith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Kerry McCarthy MP

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Kate Green MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Maria Eagle MP

Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration

Gloria De Piero MP

Shadow Minister for Mental Health

Luciana Berger MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lords Chief Whip

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Shadow Attorney General

Catherine McKinnell MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio

Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning

John Healey MP