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Liverpool MP Stephen Twigg sacked from Shadow Cabinet

Mr Twigg has served as Liverpool West Derby MP since 2010, having served as MP for Enfield Southgate from 1997. Credit: PA

Liverpool MP Stephen Twigg has lost his job as Shadow Education Secretary as part of an opposition party reshuffle.

The West Derby MP has long been rumoured to be at odds with the Labour leadership over the party's policy on free schools and academies.

The Prime Minister last week mocked Stephen Twigg during his keynote speech at the Tory Party Conference in Manchester, accusing him of criticising free schools in public but then backing them in his Liverpool constituency, with Mr Twigg describing the Everton Free School as 'inspiring'.

He is one of two high-profile 'Blairites' to be removed from Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet, with Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Ed Byrne sacked as part of a front bench shakeup.

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Wirral West MP tipped for promotion in reshuffle

Esther Mcvey MP with Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: PA

The MP for Wirral West Esther Mcvey is widely tipped for promotion as the Prime Minister begins his cabinet reshuffle. The former TV presenter was elected in 2010 and currently works in the Department for Work and Pensions as the Minister for Disabled People.

The Prime Minister is believed to be keen to see more females in the higher ranks of his government, and to promote more Northerners. Mcvey has impressed senior cabinet members with her robust defence of the government's benefit changes in a series of media appearances over the last 12 months.

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