Labour appoints new shadow pensions secretary

Debbie Abrahams

Labour has appointed Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams as its shadow secretary of state for work and pensions.

She replaces Owen Smith, who resigned from the post earlier this week as part of the rebellion against leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Abrahams sat on the work and pensions committee between June 2011 and March 2015. She was first elected to the seat in January 2011 following a by-election.

She was previously shadow minister for disabled people and worked in the health sector before becoming an MP.

Labour is yet to appoint a shadows pensions minister after Angela Rayner was promoted to shadow minister for women and equalities.