Jeremy Corbyn Starts Reshuffle: Sacks Shadow Chief Whip; Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary

Dame Rosie, seen by Corbyn allies as an obstacle to the leader’s authority, leaves her post after six years’ service in the job under Ed Miliband, Harriet Harman and Corbyn.

She was a strong ally of Hilary Benn, whose sacking in July prompted the ‘coup’ attempt by Labour MPs keen to topple Corbyn.

But Corbyn said he was “delighted” to announce the appointment of “four extremely talented women” to his top team.

“These appointments mean, for the first time ever, two out of the three traditional ‘great offices of state’ will be shadowed by women,” he said.

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