Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced a new cabinet following a wave of resignations in the last few days.
Among the 12 of member of the shadow cabinet to quit on Sunday was Seema Malhotra, shadow chief secretary to the treasury. Malhotra said Labour needed to strengthen its influence at a time of such political and economic upheaval.
“We need to recognise that we do not currently look like a government in waiting,” she said in a letter to Corbyn, which she also published on Twitter.
In the resulting cabinet shake-up Emily Thornberry has moved from shadow defence secretary to shadow foreign secretary, replacing Hilary Benn who was sacked at the weekend. Diana Abbott, seen as a keen ally of the Labour leader, has been promoted to international development secretary filling the role vacated by the resignation of Heidi Alexander. Other new appointments include: shadow education secretary - Pat Glass, shadow transport secretary - Andy McDonald, shadow defence secretary - Clive Lewis, shadow chief secretary to the treasury - Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow international development secretary - Kate Osamor, shadow environment food and rural affairs secretary - Rachel Maskell, shadow voter engagement and youth affairs - Cat Smith, shadow Northern Ireland secretary - Dave Anderson.
The latest frontbench resignations today are shadow foreign minister - Diana Johnson, shadow civil society minister - Anna Turley, shadow defence minister - Toby Perkins, Wayne David, the shadow cabinet office, Scotland and justice minister and shadow consumer affairs and science minister - Yvonne Fovargue.
Mr Corbyn has said that he does not attend to resign or stand down in light of the latest rebellion in his party.