Jeremy Corbyn unveils key members of shadow Cabinet


Jeremy Corbyn has begun the process of rebuilding the party’s front bench days after a crushing victory over his rivals in the Labour leadership contest.

The Islington North MP won a dramatic victory this weekend, taking more than three times the number of votes as runner up Andy Burnham.

He has responded by immediately naming his campaign manager John McDonnell as shadow chancellor.

McDonnell is chair of the Socialist Campaign Group, and is also a former deputy of Ken Livingstone in the Greater London Council prior to its abolition.

He has previously admitted Labour failed to compete on economic competence in the general election, saying the public had rejected its policy of “deficit denial”.

McDonnell will be accompanied by shadow chief Treasury secretary Seema Malhotra, who joined the Commons in 2011 in a by-election.

Malhotra previously served in Ed Miliband’s team as shadow minister for preventing violence against women and girls.

Former shadow pensions minister Angela Eagle will also be a prominent member of Corbyn’s Cabinet, having been named both shadow business secretary and shadow first secretary of state.

The latter role means it will be Eagle, and not Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, who will serve as Corbyn’s replacement during Prime Minister’s Questions when David Cameron is away.

A number of previous frontbenchers have already ruled themselves out of taking part in the new-look Labour team, including Corbyn’s fellow leadership candidates Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, who previously served as the party’s shadow home secretary and shadow minister for care and older people, respectively.

Cooper will be replaced by Burnham, while the resignation of Rachel Reeves means that Owen Smith will become shadow minister for work and pensions.

Following Emma Reynolds’ return to the backbenches after her time as shadow minister for communities and local government, Corbyn has appointed a specific minister for housing and planning in John Healey, with the remainder of Reynolds’ former remit taken on by Jon Trickett.

While much of Labour’s new policy platform remains to be established, it is likely to be based on the principle of “Corbynomics” – a state led investment programme that would see the Bank of England print new money for housing authorities and local councils to build infrastructure like housing and schools.

The plan has proved divisive among economists, and may be augmented by moves to establish a more flexible state retirement age, as well as a potential expansion of Right-to-Buy housing deals for private market tenants.

Labour’s Shadow Cabinet in full:

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