Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, on 7 October 2016 appointed Indian-origin barrister Shami Chakrabarti to the UK’s shadow cabinet.
Baroness Chakrabarti’s appointment as a member of the Lords was met with criticism from prominent Jews and Labour MPs.
Corbyn also handed a major promotion to his long-time ally Diane Abbott, making her shadow home secretary.
Other appointees include Sir Keir Starmer, who has been invited back as shadow Brexit secretary.
Who is Shami Chakrabarti?
• Sharmishta "Shami" Chakrabarti is a member of the British House of Lords and a British Labour Party politician.
• She was the Director of Liberty from 2003 to 2016.
• When she was the director of Liberty, she campaigned against excessive anti-terror legislation.
• She studied Law at the London School of Economics.
• After graduating, she was called to the Bar and then worked as an in-house legal counsel for the Home Office.
• The Times described her as probably the most effective public affairs lobbyist of the past 20 years.
• In April 2016, she was invited by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to chair an inquiry into anti-semitism in the Labour Party.
• In August 2016, she was nominated by Corbyn to receive a life peerage in the Prime Minister's Resignation Honours.
About Shadow Cabinet
• The Shadow Cabinet is a feature of the Westminster system of government.
• It consists of a senior group of opposition spokespeople who, under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition, form an alternative cabinet to that of the government.
• Members of a shadow cabinet are often but not always appointed to a Cabinet post if and when their party gets into government.
• It is the Shadow Cabinet's responsibility to criticise the policies and actions of the government, as well as offering an alternative program.
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When: 7 October 2016
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