Sir Keir Starmer on Sunday night reshuffled his shadow cabinet, switching people in seven senior roles in an attempt to reset after disappointing local elections and days of infighting. The Labour leader removed Anneliese Dodds as shadow chancellor, the highest profile change after criticism that she had not done enough to cut through to voters. Nick Brown was sacked as chief whip - a post he held under Jeremy Corbyn as well as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - while Valerie Vaz was removed as shadow Commons leader. Changes were also made to the positions of party chair, national campaign coordinator, shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and shadow housing secretary. Angela Rayner, the Labour deputy leader, had been removed from the first two of those roles on Saturday but managed to take on two new positions after 24 hours of talks with Sir Keir. The context for the shake-up was mounting pressure on his leadership after the disastrous defeat in the Hartlepool by-election to the Conservatives and the loss of more than 300 English council seats on Thursday.