Keir Starmer gives new MPs jobs in government

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Photo Title, Georgia Gould has been leader of Camden Council since 2017.

Sir Keir Starmer has handed over junior ministerial roles to five MPs who were only elected for the first time last week.

It is very rare for MPs with no prior experience in parliament to be immediately offered government positions.

Georgia Gould, leader of Camden local council where Sir Keir sits, and daughter of Blair-era strategist Lord Philip Gould, has been appointed parliamentary secretary to the Cabinet Office.

Other new candidates include economist Miatta Fahnbulleh, who is serving as deputy minister in the Department for Energy Security and Zero Emissions, and former Royal Marines colonel Alistair Carns, who is serving as minister for veterans’ affairs.

Sarah Sackman, a barrister specialising in planning and local government law, has been appointed Attorney General.

Kirsty McNeill, a charity director and former adviser to Gordon Brown when he was prime minister, is becoming a junior minister in the Scottish Office.

Other members of Sir Keir’s government – Douglas Alexander, a former minister in the Blair and Brown governments, former deputy mayor of London Heidi Alexander and former shadow minister Emma Reynolds – returned to Parliament last week after several years out of politics.

Meanwhile, Jess Phillips returns to the Labour government as a junior minister in the Home Office.

The nominations are not yet complete but it is already clear that many of the shadow ministers Starmer had in power last week will not join the government.

They will be furious that they were overtaken by people who have never sat in Parliament.

This is the new Prime Minister’s problem from the point of view of party management.

However, given the scale of his advantage, it’s a calculated risk he clearly feels he can take.

The BBC understands she will not hold any ministerial role in the new Labour government.