Lord Collins and Keir Starmer join Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench team


The peer behind the Labour leadership election reforms that gave thousands of supporters a vote for £3 has been given a job in Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench team.

Lord Collins will serve as a party whip and a member of the international development team in the new leader's finalised list of appointments.

Former top prosecutor Keir Starmer, tipped as a future leader, joins the shadow home affairs team while Emily Thornberry returns to the frontbench less than a year after being forced to quit as shadow attorney general in a row over snobbery.

The list of shadow ministers includes a number of jobs for the 2015 intake as well as MPs that were considered on the fringes of the party under previous leaders.

Mr Corbyn has also appointed some of the MPs that helped him make it onto the ballot paper, including Louise Haigh, Labour's youngest MP at 28, who joins the Cabinet Office team, and Rebecca Long-Bailey, who becomes a shadow Treasury minister.

The shadow Treasury team also includes Richard Burgon, who defied convention when being sworn in as an MP to declare that he believes the head of state should be elected.

Mr Corbyn's spokesman said: "Labour's frontbench is inclusive across the party. It also includes MPs from the recent intake and is a clear commitment to the future of the party."