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Byrne And Twigg Lose Out In Labour Reshuffle
Ed Miliband has reshaped his shadow cabinet ready for the next general election, demoting Blairites and installing women in key posts.
The Labour leader has moved Liam Byrne from work and pensions and he is now responsible for higher education, with no seat at the top table.
Mr Byrne, who famously left a note for the coalition saying "there is no money left" in 2010, is replaced by Rachel Reeves, who was shadow chief secretary to the Treasury.
That post is now taken by Chris Leslie, who was shadow financial secretary.
Stephen Twigg has been axed as shadow education secretary in favour of TV historian Tristram Hunt.
Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy has apparently been demoted with a move to international development, while shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker will take over his old patch.
Sky's Deputy Political Editor Joey Jones said the Opposition's reshuffle was being dubbed a "cull of the Blairites".
Mr Murphy is the most prominent of the remaining Blairites in Mr Miliband's top team and was campaign manager for David Miliband in the 2010 leadership election.
Mr Byrne and Mr Twigg are also seen as coming from the Blairite wing of the party - and both have had their difficulties in office.
Mr Twigg is widely regarded as having struggled against Michael Gove in the education brief, while Mr Byrne has had difficulty shaking off the infamous "no money" letter.
Mary Creagh, leaves the environment, food and rural affairs brief to become shadow transport secretary, exchanging jobs with Maria Eagle.
Ms Eagle is a strong supporter of the controversial HS2 high-speed rail project and her move raises the prospect that the party's attitude to the scheme could be about to change.
Michael Dugher, a former spokesman for Gordon Brown, has been promoted to shadow Cabinet Office minister.
And Mr Brown's former adviser Spencer Livermore is being drafted in to manage the general election campaign.
Gloria De Piero becomes shadow minister for women and equalities and Emma Reynolds is now shadow housing minister.
They will both attend shadow cabinet meetings - as will Liz Kendall in her role as shadow minister for care and older people.
In a rare advance for the Blairite wing of the party, ex-Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has been brought in to advise on "transition into government".
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, who had been thought to be fighting for his job, will stay put.
Mr Miliband has also kept Ed Balls as shadow chancellor.
The Labour leader overhauled his top team as David Cameron and Nick Clegg also announced changes to the coalition line-up.