Shami Chakrabarti hotly tipped to become next shadow attorney general

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By Thomas Connelly on

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Shami Chakrabarti is poised to become the next shadow attorney general, according to reports overnight.

The prominent lawyer — who recently became a Labour peer — is believed to be Jeremy Corbyn’s number one choice after Karl Turner MP stepped down from the role back in June.

With details still thin on the ground, an unnamed “source”, speaking to the New Statesman, revealed that LSE grad Chakrabarti “wants to do more” and that the “gig is a no brainer”.

Born in Harrow, London, Chakrabarti — who oversaw the party’s inquiry into alleged anti-Semitism — quit her role as director of human rights organisation Liberty back in March.

Having been called to the bar in 1994, Chakrabarti completed pupillage at London’s 39 Essex Chambers, before taking up an in-house counsel role at the Home Office. The 46-year-old is now back at the prominent commercial set, but this time as a door-tenant.

But Chakrabarti isn’t the only lawyer tipped to bag a position on Jezza’s front bench.

Doughty Street Chambers’ Keir Starmer QC “could become shadow home secretary” according to the report. Starmer — who until 2013 was the director of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) — is the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras.