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UK local election results 2021 LIVE: Starmer finally swings axe in Labour reshuffle

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (PA Wire)
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (PA Wire)

Labour leader SirKeir Starmer has reportedly sacked his chief whip Nick Brown and shadow home secretary Annelise Dodds as reshuffles his shadow cabinet team.

Sir Keir has come under fire after opting to sack his deputy Angela Rayner from her role as party chairman and national campaign co-ordinator on Saturday, with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham warning him that it was “wrong”.

But the Opposition leader will look to reshape his top team further across the weekend as he looks to reverse the party’s downward spiral in England.

As well as undertaking a reshuffle, the former director of public prosecutions has also hired Gordon Brown’s former chief pollster Deborah Mattinson – who has written a book about why Labour lost the so-called “red wall” at the 2019 general election – as director of strategy.

It comes after Labour received a drubbing in some parts of the country, losing control of a host of councils and suffering defeat at the hands of Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in the Hartlepool by-election – the first time the North East constituency has gone blue since its inception in the 1970s.

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