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Michael Dugher first casualty of Corbyn cabinet reshuffle

Michael Dugher. Photo: Anthony Mckeown Michael Dugher. Photo: Anthony Mckeown
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Shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher has been sacked after less than four months in the role.

The move is the first in a reshuffle of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, which is still underway.

Dugher – who is the MP for Barnsley East – broke the news on Twitter, claiming the Labour leader did not like recent articles he had written about the party.

He also highlighted a piece he wrote for the New Statesman last week in which he criticised any potential “revenge reshuffle” by Corbyn.

Dugher was appointed as shadow secretary for culture, media and sport in September last year, and has since spoken out against “hugely damaging” cuts to arts and culture through reduced local government funding.

UPDATE: Former shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle has been announced as Dugher’s replacement.

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