Labour Shadow Cabinet Appointments

By staff writers
September 14, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn, the new Leader of the Labour Party has appointed his first Shadow Cabinet. The appointments are as follows:

Leader of the Opposition and 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 and Sport- Michael Dugher

Shadow Minister for Young People and 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 and Planning John Healey

Whilst Jeremy Corbyn claimed this was a 'unifying' and 'inclusive' Shadow Cabinet with the majority of posts filled by women, he has been criticised for not appointing a woman to any of the top five jobs. In response he has suggested this is an "eighteenth century" view of the top jobs and the shadow cabinet now has "a majority of women covering all areas of policy and public life".

There has been further criticism of the appointment of John McDonnell to the post of Shadow Chancellor, which some feel will cause divisions in the party.

Sixteen former Shadow Cabinet members either resigned or were not asked to serve and have returned to the back benches.

These are, Chris Leslie, Rachel Reeves, Tristram Hunt, Emma Reynolds, Caroline Flint, Liz Kendall, Jamie Reed, Yvette Cooper, John Woodcock, Ed Miliband, Dan Jarvis, Ivan Lewis, Stella Creasy, (who had stated she would go back to the back benches after the election), Shabana Mahmood, Chuka Umunna, and Mary Creagh.

Yvette Cooper, who led a debate on the refugee crisis last week, has agreed to chair Labour's task force on refugees.

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