Jeremy Corbyn’s yet to officially announce his reshuffle – but that hasn’t stopped his first victim from announcing some news with pure sass.
After more than 30 hours of apparently bitter wrangling, the Labour leader added Europe spokesman Pat McFadden to the casualty list alongside shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher. “I wished him a happy new year”.
The Labour leader last night moved Maria Eagle from the role of shadow defence secretary into the position of shadow culture secretary before welcoming Ms Thornberry into his Shadow Cabinet.
He also insisted Mr Benn and shadow defence minister Maria Eagle had “no questions about their competence to be shadow ministers”. “In Jeremy’s words, even have a little dissent – straight talking, honest politics”.
He said Mr Corbyn told him he was being demoted to the backbench for warning the Labour leader against a “revenge reshuffle” in an article for New Statesman.
To gales of laughter from Tory MPs, and smirks from some opposition MPs, the Prime Minister told Labour: ‘Never mind how many Eagles we end up with, I think you have all worked out you’ve got an albatross at the head of your party’.
Mr Benn, who had earlier returned to the leader’s office for a second round of talks, appeared beside Mr Corbyn as he took a break from the tortuous wrangle to respond to David Cameron’s Commons statement on the EU.
And the party said a planned meeting of the shadow cabinet which had been set for 12.45pm had been cancelled.
He added: “Too many people in the Jewish community felt that Labour wasn’t their party any more and that’s why I think there is an urgent task to rebuild our bridges with the Jewish community”.
In a parting swipe, Dugher said he had chosen to speak out because he was “frustrated and angry” at members of Corbyn’s team for briefing the press against other members of the shadow cabinet in a way that amounted to a “terrible trashing of people’s reputations”.
Gloria De Piero, shadow minister for young people, said: ” In over 20 years of friendship with Michael I have witnessed his tireless commitment and determination to campaign for a Labour government and I know that will continue from the back benches.
Sky’s Darren McCaffrey had documented the Labour leader’s first shadow cabinet reshuffle in September revealing in his blog post awkward and damaging details of the decision-making process.
More in AmeriPublications
South Korea appeals to China to rein in North over nuclear tests
South Korea’s Defense Ministry couldn’t immediately confirm the report.January 21, 2016
Satellite SpaceX fail as rocket topples over while landing
According to a message on Twitter wrote by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, one of the rocket’s landing legs didn’t latch into...January 21, 2016
Ruble Falls to 82 Against US Dollar, 90 Against Euro
Russian Federation is running a budget deficit of 3 percent of GDP this year, and the government is looking to cut...January 21, 2016
19 killed in university attack in Pakistan
He said the operation had ended and security forces were clearing the area, with most of the student victims shot dead...January 21, 2016
Moldova political crisis: Protesters break into parliament
Police arrested several protesters after they clashed with security forces and broke into the parliament building on Wednesday, according to local...January 21, 2016
Military step up search and recovery operation after Somalia raid
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) – Somalia’s Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed on Sunday to have killed 100 Kenyan soldiers serving under the...January 21, 2016
Sarah Palin: Speculation rife former Alaska governor set to endorse Donald Trump
“And that starts from the top”, she said. “You deserve the best!”January 21, 2016
Bombing close to Russian embassy in Kabul kills 7
At least seven people died on Wednesday when a suicide bomber targeted the Moby Group, a major media production company in...January 21, 2016
NYS Health Officials Advise MDs to Watch for Zika Virus
The move comes after United States health chiefs issued an alert on Friday advising pregnant women to avoid travelling to Brazil...January 21, 2016