October 7th, 2011

Reshuffle Feather Ruffle

So far we know that Ann McKechin, John Healey, John Denham and Shaun Woodward are out. Ivan Lewis thoroughly deserves his new job sitting in Easyjet departure lounges begging for meetings with international players having been demoted to Shadow DFID brief. Angela Eagle replaces Benn as Shadow Leader of the House. Burnham has been given his old health brief back. Chuka looks favourite to replace Denham in Business and Rachel Reeves to replace Eagle. Thirsty Stephen Twigg has also been promoted to Shadow Education and Michael Dugher is going somewhere.  There is talk of up to six 2010 intakers getting a job.

However it’s not just the uninspiring MPs that are playing musical chairs this morning, the Special Advisers are also sweating it out, waiting to see if they will weaned off of the short-money teet. John Healey’s spinner Ian Parker isn’t very happy, he took to Twitter in the wee hours to lash out at his colleagues:



  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is Ed still a non-leader?

  2. 2
    EdMiliband says:

    At lathst!
    The new generation of lothsers!

  3. 3
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is this the Unions V the Blairites?

    Is Charlie Whealen and co pulling the strings?

    And why would he re-shuffle a year after selecting his cabniat, he has a lead in the polls (ok a small one)?

    And has he come up with a deficit reduction plan(not for the country but for the Labour party itself), Because if he cannot run a party with sound finaces then how can he claim to run a country?

  4. 4
    Rory Weal says:

    I am the new Shadow Welfare Minister. I owe everything to the Welfare State! (apart from my private education and middle class upbringing in the leafy suburbs)

  5. 5
    Steve Miliband says:

    Rule changes mean he can actually chose who he wants, not the winners of the popularity poll

  6. 6
    rEd Millitant says:

    The new thadow cabinet will be announthed ath thoon ath the faxth from Unithon ith approved by Bob Crow

    Oooh jutht thaying hith name maketh me do a thexth wee!

  7. 7
    anonymous says:

    Speaking from Mars whilst playing croquet –

    The chancellor, George Osborne, has expressed confidence in the viability of the nation’s banks after a leading credit rating agency cut its ratings on 12 British financial institutions.

  8. 8
    Terrible But True says:

    ‘Ivan Lewis thoroughly deserves his new job sitting in Easyjet departure lounges begging for meetings with international players having been demoted to Shadow DFID brief.’

    But, but…. the force with this one strong will be, as the monopoly strikes back!

    @politicshomeuk – Ivan Lewis tells BBC that Labour will “defend the BBC”.
    The force with this one strong will be, as the monopoly strikes back!

    Nothing like telling folk what they charge others £3.5Bpa to hear. And that buys a lot of PR when the motivation is directed.

  9. 9
    Harriet Harman says:

    This is disgusting, dispicable, outrageous – why haven’t more trannies been promoted? I’ll make Mr Harman squeel tonight with my strap-on.

  10. 10
    EdMiliband says:

    Stella, it could be you.
    Chuka, please come to the diary room.
    Rachel; it’s been an incredible journey.
    Hilary, you’re a lightweight, and for that reason you’re fired.
    Ed, stay out of the red, keep in the black, you don’t get anything for two in the bed.
    Gloria, nice to see you, to see you nice!
    Angela, cooking doesn’t come tougher than this!

  11. 11
    Penfold says:

    Be good idea if they all shuffle orff………………………………………………….

    The mortal coil that is.

    The shame and rank hypocrisy that has not seen people like Balls and Millipede himself not sacked for their actions which has made this country an economic basket case.

    Thank god for that moron Gordon who was so wrapped up de-stabilising B-Liar, and limiting his action that he devised the 5 steps and kept us out of the Euro.

    I’m surprised that Red Ed hasn’t handed over the Cabinet to the unions, lock , stock and debt.

  12. 12
    Ed Silliboy says:

    I think I’ll thteer clear of picking Thtella Creathey. Itth too difficult to thtay

  13. 13
    annette curton says:

    Secretly recorded tape of the high level discussions:


  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Jings!” Magret” Curran is shadow sec of state for Scotland!

    And we thought we’d got rid of this wifie who seems to have difficulty remembering her location of birth and upbringing.

    May I wish the Shadow cabinet joy of all the Scots included – you’ve got a right bunch of dumplings there!

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