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Welsh Labour MP ‘sacked’ as Shadow Home Secretary in Keir Starmer reshuffle

29 Nov 2021 2 minutes Read
Labour MP Nick Thomas-Symonds. UK Parliament (CC 3.0)

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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Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
7 months ago

And Starmer is? People in glass houses spring to mind!

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
7 months ago

There is not a single MP from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland in Johnson’s cabinet. It might be best if there were none from the devolved nations in the shadow cabinet as well then we can go our own merry way from a busted Union.

Pob lwc
Pob lwc
7 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Alister Jack is a Scot, represents a Scottish constituency and is a Cabinet minister. Michael Gove is a Scot. Your point would be better made if you didn’t prop it up with easily-disprovable lies.

Glen
Glen
7 months ago

Nick who?

Philip Davies
Philip Davies
7 months ago

Would love it if he got voted out as MP for Torfean. We always have MP’s and Ms’sthat do little to engage with the people of Torfean. Taken for granted far to much by the Labour Party as a constituency. Wish we could get rid of the business as usual parties of Labour and conservative but won’t happen till the voting system is changed to proportional representation.

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