Corbyn Unveils Shadow Cabinet

Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced his first shadow cabinet, with defeated leadership rival Andy Burnham becoming shadow home secretary, BBC reported

Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader
Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader

Corbyn  named his campaign manager John McDonnell as shadow chancellor, while Hilary Benn remains shadow foreign secretary. Angela Eagle, the new shadow business secretary, was also named shadow first secretary of state.

It means she will stand in for Mr Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions when Prime Minister David Cameron is away.

Lewisham MP Heidi Alexander will take over from Mr Burnham as shadow health secretary while Lord Falconer, a former flat mate of ex-PM Tony Blair, will continue as shadow justice secretary.

Chuka Umunna said he was leaving the front bench by “mutual agreement” and Mary Creagh also joined a number of MPs from the previous shadow cabinet who opted to return to the backbenches.

Other confirmed appointments are: Seema Malhotra shadow chief secretary to the Treasury;  Diane Abbott shadow minister for international development; Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker; Rosie Winterton to continue as chief whip and Ian Murray to continue as shadow Scottish secretary.

Other leadership candidates Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, as well as Tristram Hunt, Rachel Reeves, Chris Leslie, Jamie Reed, Emma Reynolds and Shabana Mahmood said they would not serve in Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.
Ms Cooper will, however, chair a new party taskforce on refugees.