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Ed Miliband unveils Shadow Cabinet

Alan Johnson is the new Shadow Chancellor, with Ed Balls Shadowing the Home Office and his wife Yvette Cooper becoming Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Douglas Alexander is the new Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary and John Denham has been handed the Business, Innovation and Skills brief.

Angela Eagle has become Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper topped the list of candidates voted for by Labour MPs and was one of eight women elected to the Shadow cabinet. Under Labour party rules the party had to elect at least six female members.

Diane Abbott, a runner in the party’s recent leadership election was not among those elected to the Shadow Cabinet.

The announcement comes after former home secretary Jack Straw criticised the election of the Shadow cabinet in a report in the Daily Telegraph.

He says: “I survived and prospered under this system for 10 years, but I tell you, it is barking mad, for arithmetical reasons as well, it is a daft system.

He says the system ends up delivering a team of which around a third are “incapable”.

Labour leader Ed Miliband says: “Together, this new generation of Labour will work together to reject the pessimism of this coalition government as we set out our vision of what Britain can achieve.”

Baroness Warsi says: “For those expecting a ’new generation’, it is surprising that the [shadow cabinet] all served in Gordon Brown’s Government.”

Here is a full list of the Shadow roles:

Chancellor: Alan Johnson

Home Office: Ed Balls

Foreign Office and Women and Equalities Minister: Yvette Cooper

Education: Andy Burnham

Justice: Sadiq Khan

Work and Pensions: Douglas Alexander

Business Innovation and Skills : John Denham

Health: John Healey

Communities and Local Government: Caroline Flint

Defence: Jim Murphy

Energy and Climate Change: Meg Hillier

Leader of the Commons: Hillary Benn

Transport : Maria Eagle

Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Angela Eagle

Defra: Mary Creagh

Cabinet Office: Liam Byrne

Culture: Ivan Lewis

Olympics: Tessa Jowell

Northern Ireland: Shaun Woodward

Scotland: Ann McKechin

Wales: Peter Hain


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