Ian Murray overlooked for shadow Scottish secretary role
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 2:11
The Labour leader had the opportunity to reshuffle his top team and many MPs who were previously anti-Corbyn - but are now much more upbeat about the leader's prospects - had hoped he would be tempted to bring back the likes of Yvette Cooper and Chukka Umunna to the Labour front bench.
Labour is set for an improved showing compared with 2015, with Jeremy Corbyn's party predicted to win 266 seats, an increase of 34 on its performance two years ago.
According to several "well-placed" Westminster sources who spoke to reporters at the New Statesman, Corbyn is going to ask Smith to be shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland.
Dawn Butler will be shadow minister for diverse communities, while Ian Lavery becomes party chairman. He's been famously sceptical about Corbyn - he did challenge him for the leadership, after all - but last week he did admit he had been "clearly wrong" about the leader's abilities.
Lesley Laird (second right) is the new Shadow Scottish Secretary.
"I would also like to pay tribute to the work that Dave Anderson and Ian Murray did in the last parliament as Shadow Scottish Secretaries". I look forward to working with the strengthened shadow cabinet as we prepare a government in waiting to carry out our manifesto for the many not the few.
Mr Corbyn said on Tuesday that his party should be in "permanent campaign mode" in light of Theresa May's attempts to form a minority government with the backing of the Democratic Unionists.
Gwynne gains a shadow cabinet brief for the first time, and will serve as the party's shadow communities and local government secretary.