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The five must-read posts from today, on shadow cabinet elections and Miliband

1. Shadow cabinet elections -- they haven't gone away you know

Paul Waugh reminds us that shadow cabinet elections will return if the Tories win and reveals that some Labour MPs are already planning how to gain election.

2. Snow case for big government?

Over at Next Left, Sunder Katwala points out that while politicians may damn "big government", most decide that we need a lot more of it when it snows.

3. Payrolls and paradigms

Paul Krugman argues that the latest US job figures are further evidence those who argued the fiscal stimulus was too small were right.

4. Is David Miliband the biggest loser from attempted coup?

Sunny Hundal says that David Miliband -- a "stunted technocrat" -- has to find a way to change the media narrative about himself.

5. Why doesn't Brown "do a Major"?

PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson says a "back me or sack me" vote on Brown would be better than the current mess.

 

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Exclusive: Shami Chakrabarti set to become shadow attorney general

The Labour peer and former Liberty director is expected to join Jeremy Corbyn's team next week. 

With the conclusion of Labour conference (here are five lessons from it), Jeremy Corbyn's attention will turn to assembling a new shadow cabinet. The leadership is expected to agree to allow MPs to elect a proportion of the frontbench. But Corbyn intends to begin appointments next week in advance of a deal.

Shami Chakrabarti, who recently became a Labour peer and chaired the party's anti-Semitism inquiry, is set to become shadow attorney general, I can reveal. The barrister and former Liberty director "wants to do more" and the "gig is a no brainer," a source said. Her slated brief has been unfilled since Karl Turner's resignation in June. 

Others expected to join the shadow cabinet include Keir Starmer (who could become shadow home secretary following Andy Burnham's departure), former shadow housing minister John Healey and former shadow Wales secretary Nia Griffith. Stephen Pound is said to have turned down the post of shadow leader of the House, currently filled by 81-year-old Paul Flynn, who doubles up as shadow Wales secretary. In his conference speech, he praised Corbyn's "job creation scheme for geriatrics". 

The Labour reshuffle is expected to begin next Wednesday, the day the Conservative conference ends. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.