Baroness Chakrabarti made Shadow Attorney General in Corbyn's reshuffle


Baroness Chakrabarti has been appointed to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Shadow Cabinet three months after she completed her inquiry into antisemitism allegations in the party.

The peer was handed the role of Shadow Attorney General as Mr Corbyn began a reshuffle of his team last night.

There was a furious reaction from the Jewish community when he awarded the former director of Liberty a peerage in August, with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis claiming that move left the credibility of her antisemitism report “in tatters”.

Following her promotion to the Shadow Cabinet, Baroness Chakrabarti said: “It is an enormous privilege to take up the post of Shadow Attorney General in Jeremy Corbyn’s new team. I hope to follow in a great tradition of law officers on both sides of the aisle who have defended rights, freedoms and the Rule of Law.”

The reshuffle also saw Dawn Butler appointed to the position of Shadow Minister for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities. Labour confirmed to the JC the role would include relations with the Jewish community.

Mr Corbyn had last year considered appointing a “Minister for Jews” to work with the community and improve Jewish relations with Labour.

Marie van der Zyl, Board of Deputies vice-president, said: "We are disappointed, but sadly unsurprised, that once again Shami Chakrabarti and Jeremy Corbyn have spectacularly undermined her so-called 'independent' report.

"We hoped her report would be a potent weapon in the fight against antisemitism. It now looks increasingly like the whitewash was a job application. She has sold out the Jewish community."

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