Diane Abbott new Shadow Home Secretary

As part of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's front bench reshuffle, Diane Abbott has been appointed Shadow Home Secretary.

Corbyn has promised to unite his party following his re-election as leader in September, with Abbott the most high profile name changing role, leaving her post as Shadow Health Secretary, a position left vacant by Andy Burnham’s decision to run in the Greater Manchester mayoral election.

Controversially, the popular figure Rosie Winterton, considered by many as the main unifying figure in the party, has left her role as chief whip.

In other reshuffles, ex-Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti is shadow attorney general and Keir Starmer, who left the team in June amid a wave of resignations, returns as shadow Brexit secretary.

Corbyn's team have suggested that other MPs who resigned will be returning to shadow cabinet roles later this year.

Abbott said of her new role: "I am honoured to serve. My first job when I left university was as a graduate trainee in the Home Office, so my career has come full circle."

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