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Sir Keir Starmer 'planning pre-Christmas reshuffle'

Sir Keir Starmer is planning a pre-Christmas reshuffle of his shadow cabinet, it was claimed today. 

The Labour leader is reportedly set to shake up his top team, with senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper tipped by party figures for a return to the frontbench. 

It is thought Ms Cooper, the current chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, could replace Nick Thomas-Symonds as shadow home secretary, a role she previously held between 2011 and 2015.  

Sir Keir Starmer is planning a pre-Christmas reshuffle of his shadow cabinet, it was claimed today

The Labour leader is reportedly set to shake up his top team, with senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper tipped by party figures for a return to the frontbench

Some Labour MPs believe Mr Thomas-Symonds should be replaced because he has struggled to gain ground against his counterpart, Home Secretary Priti Patel, despite the ongoing migrant Channel crossings crisis.  

One MP told The Times: 'Nick is a lovely guy but I don't think he's making very much weather with major failings by the Home Office.'

Shadow education secretary Kate Green and shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens have also been tipped for demotion as Sir Keir faces calls to promote better media performers. 

Wes Streeting, the current shadow secretary of state for child poverty, is one of the names being backed for a promotion.  

A Labour source suggested the reshuffle will take place before Christmas, telling the newspaper: 'We are approaching a window when he's got the scope to do it.'

Sir Keir will be hoping that his next reshuffle goes more smoothly than the one he conducted in May this year. 

It is thought Ms Cooper, the current chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, could replace Nick Thomas-Symonds as shadow home secretary

The Labour leader's plans were derailed after he tried and failed to demote his deputy, Angela Rayner.    

Allies of Sir Keir believe he is now in a stronger position after facing down his left-wing critics at Labour's annual conference in September and attacking Boris Johnson over the Westminster sleaze row in recent weeks. 

One Labour source said they believe Sir Keir has 'got his mojo back', with the last month giving him and the shadow cabinet 'more confidence'.