Indian origin Shami Chakrabarti appointed to UK shadow cabinet

shami-chakrabati Shami ChakrabartiExpanding the shadow cabinet, newly re-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday appointed prominent human rights barrister Shami Chakrabarti to the role of shadow attorney-general, taking the number of non-white MPs in his cabinet to a high of five.

The expansion was supposed to be an attempt to reunite the party after the recent bruising leadership contest, but none of Corbyn’s critics who left his cabinet in recent weeks found a place in the new team.

Chakrabarti is the only Indian-origin member in Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, but Barry Gardiner, shadow energy minister and shadow secretary of state for international trade, is known for his proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the days the latter was Gujarat chief minister.

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