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Brexit-hating Thornberry snubbed in message from Starmer – reshuffle sees major changes

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The reshuffle saw a number of changes – including Ed Miliband becoming Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero and Bridget Phillipson becoming the new Shadow Secretary of State for Education. But Emily Thornberry, who is very much against the Brexit deal, has been snubbed in the message of thanks given by Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party – pointing towards a new era for Labour.

Sir Keir said: “The Labour Party I lead is focused on the priorities of the country.

“With this reshuffle, we are a smaller, more focused Shadow Cabinet that mirrors the shape of the Government we are shadowing.

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

“I’m particularly delighted that Lisa Nandy will take on the vital role of shadowing Michael Gove and leading on the levelling up agenda.

“After 11 years of Conservative mismanagement of our economy, delivering prosperity to all regions and nations in the UK will be a defining mission of the next Labour government, and there will be nobody better than Lisa to lead this work.

“Climate change is the most important issue facing this country over the next decade.

“Ed Miliband will lead in the Shadow Cabinet to develop Labour’s extensive plans for net zero in a first term Labour Government, and hold the government to account for its failure to take action. Ed has a proven track record in government, and is a powerful, internationally well respected voice on the issue, and that’s why I am delighted he has agreed to lead on this.

“Make Brexit Work is huge part of my agenda and that’s why I’ve asked Nick Thomas-Symonds to be in charge at International Trade and lead a Shadow Cabinet committee to deliver this crucial work.

“I want to thank all those who have left the Shadow Cabinet today for their great service to me and to our party.

“I look forward to working with the new team to show we are once again a serious party of Government, ready to fix the mess the Tories have got the country into and to inspire voters to believe that Britain’s best days are ahead of us.”

Ms Thornberry spoke of her new role as Shadow Attorney General on Twitter.

She tweeted: “I’ve spent 19 hard months exposing the blunders, lies & betrayals of Tory trade policy, and the continuing act of economic self-harm that is their botched Brexit deal.

“@NickTorfaen will do a great job taking up those reins, while I go on to the next good fight as Shadow AG.”

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But Twitter users were quick to respond to the Labour MP’s message of thanks and best wishes.

David Walsh tweeted: “Thanks for all the work you’ve done shadowing DIT.

“Been great to work with you developing the idea of core standards to underpin our deals.

“Hard to believe in 19 months for all the noise neither Truss nor AMT got a single new deal past parliament & never published a trade policy!”

Marnie P called out Ms Thornberry for her lack of response as Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury.

They tweeted: “But do you still have time for your constituents @EmilyThornberry?

“I’ve been waiting for a reply for over 2 months to my email regarding the injustice of LTNs and my concerns over the consultation process in Islington.

“Look forward to hearing from you when you get a spare moment.”

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