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Monday, 14 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn's new Labour Shadow Cabinet

Announcing his new Shadow Cabinet team Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pointed out that this is the first, Labour, Shadow Cabinet of which the majority are women, with 16 women and 15 men members. Although none of the 'great offices of state' are shadowed by women.

The Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet, appointed earlier in the summer, has 12 women and 10 men. The new Labour Shadow Cabinet is:

  • Leader of the Opposition & Leader of the Labour Party: Jeremy Corbyn 
  • Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office: Tom Watson 
  • Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: Angela Eagle 
  • Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer: John McDonnell
  • Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Seema Malhotra
  • Shadow Home Secretary: Andy Burnham
  • Shadow Foreign Secretary: Hilary Benn
  • Opposition Chief Whip: Rosie Winterton
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Health: Heidi Alexander
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Education: Lucy Powell 
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Owen Smith 
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Defence: Maria Eagle
  • Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice: Lord Falconer of Thoroton
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention: Jon Trickett
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change: Lisa Nandy
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons: Chris Bryant
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Transport: Lilian Greenwood
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Vernon Coaker
  • Shadow Secretary of State for International Development: Diane Abbott
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland: Ian Murray
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Wales: Nia Griffith
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Kerry McCarthy
  • Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities: Kate Green
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport: Michael Dugher
  • Shadow Minister for Young People & Voter Registration: Gloria De Piero
  • Shadow Minister for Mental Health: Luciana Berger
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Lords: Baroness Smith of Basildon
  • Lords Chief Whip: Lord Bassam of Brighton
  • Shadow Attorney General: Catherine McKinnell
  • Shadow Minister without Portfolio: Jonathan Ashworth
  • Shadow Minister for Housing & Planning: John Healey

In another announcement the former Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper will, the Labour party say, continue her work on bringing together councils, faith groups, and community groups to respond to the refugee crisis. She will chair Labour’s task force on refugees.

Commenting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "We have delivered a unifying, dynamic, inclusive new Shadow Cabinet which for the first time ever has a majority of women. I am delighted that we have established a Shadow Cabinet position for mental health which is a matter I have long been interested in. Angela Eagle’s appointment as the Shadow First Secretary of State means she will deputise for me when David Cameron is not available for Prime Minister’s Questions."

"The Shadow Cabinet is a strong combination of change and continuity that will now come together to hold this government to account, starting today with this pernicious Trade Union Bill." Mr Corbyn added.