Labour names new shadow pensions minister

Nick Thomas-Symonds, Shadow Pensions Minister

Labour has moved its shadow pensions minister Nick Thomas-Symonds to a new role after just five months.

Thomas-Symonds moves to a new position within the Work and Pensions team as employment minister, replacing Emily Thornberry, who now fronts the party’s defence policy.

He will be replaced by Ashton-Under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner.

It comes just days after Thomas-Symonds was representing the Labour party in parliament in a state pensions debate, in which he asked the Government to maintain an open mind on reforms to lessen the impact of state pension reforms on women born in the 1950s.

Rayner was announced as a new recruit to the shadow Work and Pensions team last week, moving over from the Labour party’s whips office, although the party did not clarify her exact role at the time.

Prior to entering parliament, she spent much of her career working for trade union Unison, and also held a seat on the Labour party’s national policy forum.