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Labour announces reshuffle

Ed Miliband has dramatically reshaped his shadow cabinet ready for the general election, demoting Blairites and installing women in key posts.

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Report: Diane Abbott sacked from Labour frontbench

Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott. Credit: PA/PA Wire

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has reportedly sacked former leadership challenger Diane Abbott from her position in his frontbench team as shadow public health minister.

According to the BBC, the Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP said the Labour leader told her he wanted "more message discipline

Neither Labour nor Ms Abbott's office would immediately confirm or deny the report.

The BBC said that Ms Abbott had confirmed her return to the backbenches, saying: "I think Ed wanted more message discipline. I'll live. These things happen."

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