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Sunday 2 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C
# Musical Chairs
Jeremy Corbyn asked journalists outside his door to make themselves scarce
Corbyn has learned it seems from the situation four months ago when reporters eavesdropped through his office door. The UK Labour leader is set to reshuffle his shadow cabinet amid internal dissent.

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UK LABOUR LEADER Jeremy Corbyn asked journalists to leave the building amid discussions regarding his shadow cabinet reshuffle.

The controversial leader is expected to swing the axe on a number of his senior shadow ministers, not least because some of them voted against his line when it came to Parliament endorsing air strikes on Syria in the wake of November 2015′s Paris terror attacks.

While discussing matters with his ministers in a one-by-one fashion yesterday, Corbyn exited his office at the House of Commons and asked journalists gathered outside his door to disperse.

This followed a similar situation when Corbyn assumed the Labour leadership in September of last year.

When forming his initial shadow cabinet journalists had been able to find out what was happening by listening through his office door.

Both shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn (son of famed Labour stalwart Tony), who passionately endorsed air strikes during last month’s parliamentary debate) and defence secretary Maria Eagle, who also endorsed the extension of the RAF’s campaign in Syria, are expected to be in the firing line when Corbyn announces his new team.

That is expected to happen today after a long day of talks yesterday ended with no concrete movement.

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At present it seems that Benn may well keep his job, but Eagle and shadow justice minister Lord Charles Falconer could be set to lose their positions.

Falconer recently disagreed with Corbyn on 12 fundamental points of the Labour leader’s policies.

Some reports suggest that Corbyn’s rebel ministers may have chosen to band together and threaten mass resignation as a bargaining chip in discussions.

Talks are expected to kick off today once more, with the media currently gathered outside Corbyn’s house.

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