Labour reshuffle: Anneliese Dodds out in Starmer’s post-election reshuffle

Sir Keir Starmer has sacked his shadow chancellor in a shake-up of his team after poor election results in England.

Anneliese Dodds will now become the Labour Party’s chair – replacing deputy leader Angela Rayner, who Sir Keir fired from the role on Saturday.

Ms Rayner will instead replace Rachel Reeves in shadowing Michael Gove at the Cabinet Office, as Ms Reeves is promoted to the shadow chancellor role.

The Labour leader said he had faith in his “refreshed and renewed team”.

In a statement, he added that Labour “must be the party that embraces the demand for change across our country” – and that the new shadow cabinet was the right one to take on the challenge.

After the announcement, Ms Rayner said she would use her new role to “focus on the future of work and the future of our economy”.

And new shadow chancellor Ms Reeves said she was “honoured” to take on the job, tweeting: “Our economic recovery must be fair. We must transform lives and back businesses in every part of our country.”

Sir Keir is facing criticism after losing control of eight councils in his first test at the ballot box since becoming leader last April.