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Shadow cabinet: The comings and goings under Corbyn, and the current line-up

It's been a torrid 18 months for Jeremy Corbyn, at least in terms of shadow cabinet manoeuvres. A flurry of resignations in the run-up to the recent Brexit Bill forced the Labour leader to announce his fourth re-shuffle since taking charge.

Four roles in particular have seen the greatest turnover, each with four MPs filling these positions since September 2015, when Mr Corbyn took charge. The latest re-shuffle puts newcomers Rebecca Long-Bailey and Christina Rees into two of these roles.

The new line-up in full

Leader of the Opposition

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  • Current holder: Jeremy Corbyn

Shadow chancellor

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  • Current holder: John McDonnell
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: None
  • Corbyn supporter? Yes - in 2015 and 2016

Deputy leader/shadow culture, media and sport

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  • Current holder: Tom Watson
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Three shadow culture ministers (Michael Dugher, Maria Eagle, Kelvin Hopkins)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Did not nominate anyone

Shadow home secretary

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  • Current holder: Diane Abbott
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Andy Burnham)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Yes - in 2015 and 2016

Shadow foreign secretary

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  • Current holder: Emily Thornberry
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Hilary Benn)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Yes - in 2015 and 2016

Shadow Brexit

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  • Current holder: Sir Keir Starmer
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Emily Thornberry - in addition to her foreign affairs brief)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No - backed Andy Burnham in 2015 and Owen Smith in 2016

Shadow justice

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  • Current holder: Richard Burgon
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Lord Falconer)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Yes - in 2015 and 2016

Shadow business, energy and industrial strategy

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  • Current holder: Rebecca Long-Bailey
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Three (Angela Eagle, Jon Trickett, Clive Lewis)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Yes - in 2015 and 2016

Shadow health

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  • Current holder: Jon Ashworth
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Two (Heidi Alexander, Diane Abbott)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No - backed Yvette Cooper in 2015 and no-one in 2016

Shadow education

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  • Current holder: Angela Rayner
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Two (Lucy Powell, Pat Glass)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No in 2015 - backed Andy Burnham. Yes in 2016

Shadow lord president of the council

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  • Current holder: Jon Trickett
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: None
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Yes - in 2015 and 2016

Shadow defence

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  • Current holder: Nia Griffith
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Three (Maria Eagle, Emily Thornberry, Clive Lewis)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No - backed Andy Burnham in 2015 and Owen Smith in 2016

Shadow communities and local government

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  • Current holder: Teresa Pearce
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Two (John Trickett, Grahame Morris)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No - backed Andy Burnham in 2015 and Owen Smith in 2016

Shadow environment, food and rural affairs

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  • Current holder: Sue Hayman
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Two (Kerry McCarthy, Rachael Maskell)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No - backed Yvette Cooper in 2015 and Owen Smith in 2016

Shadow international trade

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  • Current holder: Barry Gardiner
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: None
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Did not nominate

Shadow international development

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  • Current holder: Kate Osamor
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Diane Abbott)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Yes - in 2015 and 2016

Shadow transport

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  • Current holder: Andy McDonald
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Lilian Greenwood)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No in 2015 - backed Andy Burnham. Yes in 2016

Shadow work and pensions

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  • Current holder: Debbie Abrahams
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Owen Smith)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Backed Andy Burnham in 2015

Shadow cabinet office

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  • Current holder: Ian Lavery
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Tom Watson)

Shadow voter engagement and youth affairs

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  • Current holder: Catherine Smith
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Gloria de Piero)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Yes in 2015

Shadow Northern Ireland and Scotland

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  • Current holder: David Anderson
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One in either role (Vernon Coaker, Ian Murray)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Backed Andy Burnham in 2015

Shadow Wales

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  • Current holder: Christina Rees
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Three (Nia Griffith, Paul Flynn, Jo Stevens)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No - backed Andy Burnham in 2015 and Owen Smith in 2016

Shadow Commons leader

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  • Current holder: Valerie Vaz
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Two (Chris Bryant, Paul Flynn)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Backed Andy Burnham in 2015

Shadow chief whip

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  • Current holder: Nick Brown
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Dame Rosie Winterton)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Backed Yvette Cooper in 2015

Shadow minister without portfolio

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  • Current holder: Andrew Gwynne
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Jonathan Ashworth)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No - backed Andy Burnham in 2015 and Owen Smith in 2016

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury

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  • Current holder: Peter Dowd
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Two (Seema Malhotra, Rebecca Long-Bailey)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Backed Andy Burnham in 2015

Shadow housing secretary

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  • Current holder: John Healey
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: None (He resigned in June 2016 but returned to the role in October)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No - backed Yvette Cooper in 2015 and Owen Smith in 2016

Shadow attorney general

  • Current holder: Baroness Chakrabarti
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: Two (Catherine McKinnell, Karl Turner)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? She only joined Labour in May 2016

Shadow women and equality

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  • Current holder: Sarah Champion
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: 2 (Kate Green, Angela Rayner)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Backed Corbyn in 2015

Shadow mental health and social care

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  • Current holder: Barbara Keeley
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: One (Luciana Berger)
  • Corbyn leadership backer? No - backed Andy Burnham in 2015 and Owen Smith in 2016

Shadow leader in the Lords

  • Current holder: Baroness Smith
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: None
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Not an MP

Shadow chief whip in the Lords

  • Current holder: Lord Bassam
  • Previous holders under Jeremy Corbyn: None
  • Corbyn leadership backer? Not an MP

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