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New UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer appoints fresh top team

New Labour leader Keir Starmer during a rally in Glasgow on February 15 | Hollie Adams/Getty Images

New UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer appoints fresh top team

Anneliese Dodds chosen as shadow chancellor of the exchequer.

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4/5/20, 6:33 PM CET

Updated 4/5/20, 6:41 PM CET

LONDON — New U.K. Labour Party leader Keir Starmer on Sunday appointed Anneliese Dodds as his shadow chancellor of the exchequer along with other key positions in his shadow Cabinet.

The former shadow Brexit secretary, who replaced Jeremy Corbyn as party leader on Saturday, said in a statement he had also appointed leadership rival Lisa Nandy as his shadow foreign secretary. Dodds, who was a shadow junior Treasury minister under Corbyn, was formerly an MEP from 2014 to 2017.

Angela Rayner, who became deputy leader of the party on Saturday following a ballot of members, has been appointed chair of the Labour Party.

Jonathan Ashworth, who was first appointed as shadow health and social care secretary in October 2016 and served in the post under Corbyn, has kept his job. Nick Brown has been re-appointed chief whip.

Starmer has made Nick Thomas-Symonds his shadow home secretary and Rachel Reeves has been appointed shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster — traditionally a senior Cabinet role overseeing the running of U.K. Cabinet Office.

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