Corbyn Announces Shadow Cabinet

13 Sep 2015

 

Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled the first Shadow Cabinet of his leadership. Despite the high profile resignations of Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper, Tristram Hunt, Jamie Reed, Rachel Reeves, Caroline Flint, Chuka Umunna and Emma Reynolds - as well as the public sacking of Ivan Lewis, Corbyn still had 200+ MPs to choose from.

 

So who has the top jobs? 

 

Corbyn's campaign manager and socialist ally John McDonnell has been appointed as the party's new Shadow Chancellor. Angela Eagle, who was also tipped for the position, has assumed the role of Shadow Business Secretary. In addition, Eagle has become Shadow First Secretary of State, meaning that she will deputise for Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs when David Cameron is away.

 

Labour's second Eagle sister - Maria Eagle - has undertaken a treacherous role, by agreeing to become Corbyn's Shadow Defence Secretary. Eagle Mark II will have to reach out to a number of Labour backbenchers who currently oppose Corbyn's policies on NATO and nuclear disarmament.

 

Andy Burnham has been promoted to Shadow Home Secretary - a reward for his defence of Corbyn during the leadership campaign. Heidi Alexander replaces him at Health. Burnham's campaign manager, Michael Dugher, has been moved to Shadow Culture, Media and Sport.

 

Lord Falconer has stayed on at Justice - despite criticising Corbyn over the past few weeks. Hilary Benn’s temporary Shadow Foreign Secretary role has also been made permanent.

 

Unsuccessful Labour London Mayor candidate Diane Abbott has been appointed as Shadow International Development Secretary, after seemingly initially having been appointed as Shadow Communities Secretary.

 

Lucy Powell has been given the role of Shadow Education Secretary. It has been reported that Powell sought assurances on Corbyn's EU stance before accepting the position.

 

After being sacked by text, Ivan Lewis’ replacement at Northern Ireland is former Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker.

 

 

Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet In Full:

 

Leader of the Opposition: Jeremy Corbyn

 

Deputy Leader: Tom Watson

 

Shadow Chancellor: John McDonnell

 

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Seema Malhotra

 

Shadow Home Secretary: Andy Burnham

 

Shadow Foreign Secretary: Hilary Benn

 

Shadow Health Secretary: Heidi Alexander

 

Shadow Minister for Mental Health: Luciana Berger

 

Shadow Defence Secretary: Maria Eagle

 

Shadow Business Secretary: Angela Eagle

 

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary: Owen Smith

 

Shadow Education Secretary: Lucy Powell

 

Shadow Chief Whip: Rosie Winterton

 

Shadow Communities Secretary: Jon Trickett

 

Shadow Energy Secretary: Lisa Nandy

 

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities: Kate Green

 

Shadow Attorney General: Catherine McKinnell

 

Shadow Justice Secretary: Lord Falconer

 

Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning: John Healey

 

Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary: Vernon Coaker

 

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons: Chris Bryant

 

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport: Lilian Greenwood

 

Shadow Media, Culture and Sport Secretary: Michael Dugher

 

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: Kerry McCarthy

 

Shadow Minister without Portfolio: Jonathan Ashworth

 

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