Welsh Labour MP ‘sacked’ as Shadow Home Secretary in Keir Starmer reshuffle
A Welsh Labour MP has been sacked as Shadow Home Secretary in a reshuffle of Keir Starmer’s top team.
According to Sky News, Nick Thomas-Symonds, the MP for Torfaen, has been demoted by the Labour leader, but his replacement in the post has yet to be announced.
He has criticised the UK Government on the numbers of small boats crossing the Channel, and has repeatedly accused the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, of losing control of the crisis and said he wants to see more safe and legal crossings.
A party source has told Politics Home that Thomas-Symonds had failed to have significant “cut through” with the public.
According to a YouGov poll, he was the least well-known member of Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet, with only 6% of the British public knowing who he was.
He has recently been accused of failing to land blows against the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, over the Channel crossings and security.
One MP told The Times: “Nick is a lovely guy but I don’t think he’s making very much weather with major failings by the Home Office.
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