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Anneliese Dodds is now one of the most important people in UK politics. Here’s why

The new shadow chancellor could be transformative—if she is not afraid to make enemies

By Rachel Sylvester  

Official parliamentary portrait

Shortly after her appointment as Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds was doing a live interview for Sky TV from her Oxford home. Just as she started to discuss the economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic, the door behind her swung open and her three-year-old daughter burst into the room. Unperturbed, the 42-year-old MP smiled broadly and carried on debating the importance of balancing the risks before admitting that she had hoped Isabella would stay asleep, but “she’s thankfully under the chair now.”  

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