Op-Ed: Thursday evening Jeremy Corbyn began the reshuffle of his shadow cabinet.
The Spectator opts for "Submission not unity’: Labour MPs react to Corbyn’s reshuffle" and notably shares tweets from three of the worst Corbyn dissenters Tom Blenkinsop, Jess Phillips and Jamie Reed.
Reed opts for sarcasm and we as all know it is the lowest form of wit. What would Billy Connolly say? "More to be pitied than scolded" maybe.
Jo Smith who was appointed secretary of state for Wales said however "Well if you look at the appointments he made yesterday, I didn’t support Jeremy in the leadership election, neither did Nia Griffith, neither did Kier Starmer and I don’t think Sarah Champion did either, so he has made appointments to his shadow cabinet from the opposing part of the leadership campaign."
We reported the reshuffle as it stood Thursday "Jeremy Corbyn Shadow Caninet reshuffle 2016" and the latest changes Friday will follow.
Jeremy Corbyn was again damned whatever he did by some in the PLP and beyond. But we have wasted enough time with coups, plots, hissy-fits, unnecessary interal elections and silly spats this year. It is time to organise and prepare for any upcoming election nationally and or locally.
The spin and hype is Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable but don't be fooled-where there is a will there is a way and the first step is getting a good team in place to fight the Tory government and support the party leader.
Jon Ashworth has accepted the role of shadow cabinet health minister. The Daily Mirror reports "Jonathan Ashworth has confirmed he is the new Shadow Health Secretary - but declined to say what will happen to his job on Labour’s ruling NEC. "Jeremy Corbyn’s asked me to take up the role of Shadow Health Secretary,” he tells the BBC. “It’s an honour to take up such an important role in the Labour party. I think the NHS is in crisis under the Tories.“I’m a member of the National Executive and it’s a post I take very seriously.” Asked if he’s lost his NEC seat, he says: “They’re decisions for the leader and the shadow cabinet and I’m not going to get into that today if that’s okay.”
There had already been speculation that Mr Corbyn would appoint Ashworth in order to remove him from the NEC and tip the balance of power back in his favour.
There are however dffering reports as to how easy that could be. If the existing Labour Party rule book is followed expect a bit of a tussle.
Shadow Lord President of the Council and Labour’s National Campaigns Co-ordinator Jon Trickett returns to the role he was given in June replacing.
Friday evening the Independent has the full completed shadow cabinet list:
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