Portsmouth leaders attack Jeremy Corbyn’s new-look Labour shadow cabinet

Former Ukip councillor joins city Conservatives

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MORE criticism has been levelled at Jeremy Corbyn after the new Labour leader unveiled the party’s new-look shadow cabinet.

Defeated leadership rival Andy Burnham is shadow home secretary, while Hilary Benn remains shadow foreign secretary.

Angela Eagle, the new shadow business secretary, was also named shadow first secretary of state, and will stand in for Mr Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions when prime minister David Cameron is away.

Her twin sister, Maria Eagle, has been made shadow defence secretary.

But Portsmouth Labour group leader, Councillor John Ferrett, believes the party’s ‘top performers’ are now on the backbenches after a wave of politicians resigned after Mr Corbyn was elected.

He said: ‘Unfortunately, it makes for weak opposition.’

And Cllr Donna Jones, Portsmouth Tory council leader, joined criticism of Mr Corbyn for leaving women out of leading roles.

But Mr Corbyn has hit back at the naysayers, saying most of his cabinet is female.