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Emily Thornberry appointed International Trade Secretary in Keir Starmer shadow cabinet

The Islington South and Finsbury MP returns to cabinet position after being dropped as shadow foreign office secretary

06 April, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

EMILY Thornberry has been appointed as shadow International Trade Secretary in Sir Keir Starmer’s new-look cabinet.

The Islington South and Finsbury MP was dropped as shadow foreign secretary by the new Labour leader yesterday and the job was given to Lisa Nandy, who came third out of the three who ran to be the leader of the Labour party.

Ms Thornberry will now take over the International Trade brief, replacing Brent North MP Barry Gardiner.

On Twitter Ms Thornberry said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Barry Gardiner these past four years: a true team-player, and the epitome of loyalty and devotion to the cause. I hope I can take the fight to the government on International Trade as effectively as he did, and I’ll be very lucky to have his advice.”

The results of the Labour leadership election were announced on Saturday with St Pancras and Holborn MP Sir Keir beating Rebecca Long-Bailey and Ms Nandy to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Long-Bailey has been appointed shadow education secretary.

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