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McDonnell: Corbyn is the 'Arsene Wenger of politics'

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell described Jeremy Corbyn as the "Arsene Wenger of politics" as he dismissed speculation following the party's cabinet reshuffle as "a lot of hype".

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he rejected the suggestion the Labour leader had "dithered" over the shape of his new shadow cabinet.

He told presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan that Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn was "never going to go" adding that Labour's free vote over air strikes in Syria meant he was at liberty to disagree with the party leader.

But he later told the BBC that in the future, Benn must speak from a few rows back if he wants to disagree with Corbyn on a free vote.

[Corbyn is] re-dictating the terms of what leadership is all about. It's about bringing people in, building a team, being a good manager and that's what he's developing. He is an Arsene Wenger of politics.

– Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell

McDonnell said that Maria Eagle had taken her "dream job" switching the defence and culture briefs.


Hilary Benn 'to remain as shadow foreign secretary'

Hilary Benn Credit: PA

Hilary Benn is remaining as shadow foreign secretary, Labour sources said.

Maria Eagle named new shadow culture secretary

Maria Eagle Credit: PA

Maria Eagle has been moved from shadow defence secretary to become shadow culture secretary, and will be replaced by Emily Thornberry, Labour Party sources said.

Close ally and shadow chancellor John McDonnell told reporters the discussions over Ms Eagle's position had been resolved "amicably".

"She is a happy person," he said.

Pat McFadden 'sacked over disloyalty to Corbyn'

Pat McFadden Credit: PA

Pat McFadden has been sacked as shadow Europe minister over "disloyalty" to leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party sources said.

The leader's reshuffle claimed its second victim after more than 30 hours of apparently bitter internal battling over the shape of the shadow cabinet.

Mr McFadden had warned Mr Corbyn against carrying out a "purge" of moderates.

The leadership is also believed to have been infuriated by his thinly veiled criticism of Mr Corbyn's response to the Paris attacks and suggestion that security services should not "shoot to kill" terrorists on the streets of London.

Pat Glass has been promoted to replace Mr McFadden, according to senior party sources.

More than 30 hours of suspense over Labour reshuffle

For more than 30 hours the Labour Party has been in suspense over Jeremy Corbyn's reshuffle.

Former shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher has been "sacked" from his post, but he said he said he did not regret his "straight talking" style.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:


Dugher changes Twitter profile after Corbyn 'sacking'

Michael Dugher's new-look Twitter profile following his "sacking". Credit: MichaelDugher/Twitter

Former shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher has changed his Twitter profile after being "sacked" by Jeremy Corbyn, blaming his dismissal on "too much straight talking".

The MP for Barnsley East earlier said Mr Corbyn had told him "he didn't like things I'd been writing" after announcing he had been removed from the shadow cabinet.

Mr Dugher's Twitter profile now reads: "Sacked by Jeremy Corbyn for too much straight talking, honest politics."

Hilary Benn sacking 'would prompt Labour mass walkout'

Earlier speculation suggested Mr Benn was set to be sacked. Credit: PA

As many as eight shadow ministers would quit in protest if shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn is sacked in Labour's reshuffle, a member of the shadow cabinet has told ITV News.

It is now thought that Mr Benn will not be removed from his role, despite earlier speculation suggesting he would be the most high-profile victim of what was dubbed the "revenge reshuffle".

It had been suggested that Mr Benn's position was in doubt after he opposed leader Jeremy Corbyn on whether to extend airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria.

Only the axing of shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher has thus far been announced during the reshuffle.

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