NEW shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said voters did not trust Labour under Jeremy Corbyn to deliver changes but said the coronavirus crisis shows changes are needed.

She told BBC Breakfast: "When we look at Labour's policies around areas like properly funding public services, having a fair economy, a labour market that actually works for people, I think sadly we can see as a result of this crisis that many of those policies are really needed but clearly the British public in the last election didn't trust us to deliver those policies."

Asked who her role model is, new shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds cited the leadership of Gordon Brown during the financial crisis.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I was very engaged in politics at the time when Gordon Brown led that international response to the financial crisis that occurred back in 2008-9 and I was inspired by his international leadership back then.

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"I think we need to have that kind of approach coming from the UK now as well so certainly that's something that I'll be pushing as hard as I possibly can."

Andrew Gwynne said he was returning to the Labour backbenches as he bids to rediscover his "political drive" after feeling "tired and bruised" following the 2019 general election.

Gwynne said he "thoroughly enjoyed" serving as shadow communities secretary but found his role as co-national campaign coordinator "frankly tortuous".

In a letter to new leader Starmer, he said: "Indeed my role as NCC was almost completely sidelined by the time of the 2019 general election.

"That cannot be allowed to ever happen again."

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Former shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry - who also ran for the leadership - has been appointed shadow international trade secretary, Labour has said.

In other appointments David Lammy enters the shadow cabinet as shadow justice secretary and John Healey becomes shadow defence secretary.

Rosena Allin-Khan, who stood unsuccessfully for the deputy leadership and who continues to work as a hospital doctor, is shadow minister for mental health.

Party leader Starmer said: "I'm proud to have appointed a shadow cabinet that showcases the breadth, depth and talents of the Labour Party.

"This is a new team that will be relentlessly focused on acting in the national interest to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and rebuilding Labour so that it can win the next election."

New shadow business secretary Ed Miliband said he was "looking forward to serving" in Starmer's new-look team.

"We must all focus on playing our part in the country's response to coronavirus, working with Government to help the many businesses and workers who have been so badly hit and need their voice heard.

"As Keir has said, we cannot go back to business as usual after this crisis. We will need to reshape our economy, addressing the insecurity many millions of workers face.

"We must also return to climate change as the unavoidable long-term issue of our time, including with a recovery based on providing economic justice through a Green New Deal."

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