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Labour Reshuffle In Full: Jeremy Corbyn Makes One Sacking, One New Appointment, Keeps Hilary Benn

06/01/2016 01:22 GMT | Updated 06/01/2016 02:59 GMT
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Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn (left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn look on in the House of Commons, London, after Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Government ministers are to be permitted to campaign on both the "Remain" and "Leave" sides in the upcoming referendum on UK membership of the European Union.

The wait is over and Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his new-look Shadow Cabinet - and it looks much like his old one.

Against reports and briefings that the Labour leader was plotting a "revenge reshuffle", the reality is just two senior posts changed - and Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn survived.

Behind-closed-doors meetings started on Monday afternoon, but the Labour leadership only finally drew a veil over the speculation by announcing the new top team at 12.43am on Wednesday morning.

But the bare facts didn't tell the full story.

Emily Thornberry has joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, taking over from Maria Eagle.

Ms Eagle, meanwhile, has moved to Culture, Media and Sport - taking over from Michael Dugher, who revealed himself yesterday morning that he had been sacked.

Ms Thornberry has made clear her opposition to Trident - in line with Mr Corbyn's disapproval of renewing the nuclear weapons system, and potentially pushing Labour towards a policy of unilateral disarmament: a position it dropped in the 1980s.

Ms Eagle is moved to a role less likely to bring her in conflict with the leader - she criticised his wholesale refusal to ever push the nuclear button - and Mr Dugher was removed for being critical of the prospect of a "revenge" reshuffle.

Junior shadow minister Pat McFadden was also sacked - but for a barb at Mr Corbyn suggesting the West should not be blamed for terror attacks.

Perhaps most significant is Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn staying put: his dismissal could have risked a mass walk-out, but he has agreed not to publicly disagree with Mr Corbyn after his dramatic speech supporting Syria airstrikes.

The new line-up is:

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Tom Watson

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

Angela Eagle

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

John McDonnell

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Seema Malhotra

Shadow Home Secretary

Andy Burnham

Shadow Foreign Secretary

Hilary Benn

Opposition Chief Whip

Rosie Winterton

Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Heidi Alexander

Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Lucy Powell

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Owen Smith

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Emily Thornberry

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

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Lisa Nandy

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

Chris Bryant

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Lilian Greenwood

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Vernon Coaker

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Diane Abbott

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Ian Murray

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Nia Griffith

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Kerry McCarthy

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Kate Green

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Maria Eagle

Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration

Gloria De Piero

Shadow Minister for Mental Health

Luciana Berger

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lords Chief Whip

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Shadow Attorney General

Catherine McKinnell

Shadow Minister without Portfolio

Jonathan Ashworth

Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning

John Healey