Yvette Cooper returns as Starmer reshuffles his shadow cabinet

Yvette Cooper returns to Labour’s frontbench as Sir Keir Starmer carried out a wide-ranging reshuffle of his top team.

s Cooper, a former cabinet minister and the current chairwoman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, becomes shadow home secretary and will take on Priti Patel over the migrant crisis.

Sir Keir also handed big promotions to two of Labour’s rising stars, Bridget Phillipson and Wes Streeting, who take on the roles of shadow education secretary and shadow health secretary.

Jonathan Ashworth, who has had the health fleeting by the pandemic, is moved to shadow work and pensions secretary.

With this reshuffle we are a smaller, more focused shadow cabinet that mirrors the shape of the Government we are shadowingSir Keir Starmer

In other moves, Lisa Nandy will confront off against Michael Gove as shadow secretary for levelling up and communities. She will be replaced as shadow foreign secretary by David Lammy.

Former leader Ed Miliband becomes shadow climate change secretary, while Jonathan Reynolds takes on his former portfolio of business, energy and industrial strategy.

“With this reshuffle we are a smaller, more focused shadow cabinet that mirrors the shape of the Government we are shadowing,” he said.

“We must keep up the Conservative Government to account on behalf of the public and demonstrate that we are the right choice to form the next government.”

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