Newly elected Labour leader Keir Starmer wasted no time appointing a new team of shadow cabinet posts the day after his victory was announced.
One of Starmer’s most popular appointments was Anneliese Dodds, who has accepted the role of shadow chancellor that was previously occupied by John McDonnell. She’s the first woman to hold this position, so it’s a major step forward (though we’re still waiting for a female Labour leader… Hmph).
Dodds served in her predecessor’s treasury team and before becoming an MP she was an MEP. Her appointment has been welcomed by Labour members and supporters, with those on the left (which Dodds supposedly belongs to) being particularly happy about it.
Following her big promotion, Dodds appeared on Sky News to chat with Kay Burley in her first televised interview as shadow chancellor. Given that we’re all trying to stay indoors right now to stop the spread of Covid-19, it’s become the norm that TV interviews are being done via videocalls.
In a scene that many parents who are currently working from home Dodd’s interview was hilariously interrupted by her three-year-old daughter Isabella.
We need to get to the best possible situation for dealing with the virus and then ensuring we have that economic support there for businesses and individuals that they need at this time.
As Isabella walked through the door to the room and stood next to her mother, Burley said:
Somebody wants to come and say hello to you while you’re on the telly. We’ve seen this before haven’t we … she’s welcome any time on the programme.
I thought she was going to stay asleep, sorry … so embarrassing.
On Twitter, people loved this moment, which provided some much-needed comic relief.