so the full list of the Shadow Cabinet has been announced.
Five years out from a general election and after a defeat the role of this group is to take the role of opposition seriously whils re building for an election that will take place in very different circumstances in 2020
There is lots of real talent missing but this is not a bad group, give or take one or two disastrous appointments.
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, 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.”
Labour’s new Shadow Cabinet is:
Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Tom Watson MP
Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Angela Eagle MP
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Seema Malhotra MP
Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham MP
Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn MP
Opposition Chief Whip Rosie Winterton MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Health Heidi Alexander MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Lucy Powell MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Owen Smith MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Maria Eagle MP
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 MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Lisa Nandy MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Chris Bryant MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Lilian Greenwood MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Vernon Coaker MP
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Diane Abbott MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ian Murray MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Nia Griffith MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Kerry McCarthy MP
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Kate Green MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Michael Dugher MP
Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration Gloria De Piero MP
Shadow Minister for Mental Health Luciana Berger MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Smith of Basildon
Lords Chief Whip Lord Bassam of Brighton
Shadow Attorney General Catherine McKinnell MP
Shadow Minister without Portfolio Jonathan Ashworth MP
Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning John Healey MP
Yvette Cooper will 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.
This is the first Shadow Cabinet of which the majority are women, with 16 women and 15 men members.