Catherine McKinnell and Rebecca Long-Bailey

Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to look for a new shadow attorney general — just hours after telling the Today programme Labour was “moving on” from his reshuffle.

The resignation of Catherine McKinnell is no ordinary selection headache:

Sadiq Khan, Emily Thornberry and Chuka Umunna are surely out of the running for obvious reasons and Harriet Harman is a doubt given her recent criticism.

So unless he looks to the Lords, the thin field would appear to be:

  • Corbyn-nominating Rebecca Long-Bailey (pictured above), who replaced Hilary Benn on the party’s ruling NEC
  • Shadow City minister and former trade union lawyer Richard Burgon would be another loyalist appointment
  • Shadow justice minister and ex-barrister Andy Slaughter is less Corbyn but a safe pair of hands, having been in the brief since 2010
  • Current shadow solicitor general Karl Turner is an obvious choice, but currently faces the distraction of a standards commissioner probe
  • Andy McDonald ticks a box as a North East MP, but again would need to be replaced in turn, having just been made a shadow transport minister
  • Brown-era minister Ian Lucas backed Burnham for leader but has since offered support to Corbyn

Scrapbook prediction: Karl Turner given the nod with Long-Bailey replacing him as shadow solicitor general.

The re-booted reshuffle has now been going on for 168 hours.

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