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Labour reshuffle sees new Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

Labour leader Ed Miliband has promoted Treasury chief secretary Rachel Reeves to Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary replacing Liam Byrne in a ministerial reshuffle today.

Miliband’s changes come on the same day as the Government’s reshuffle and will see Reeves lead Labour’s response to the Pensions Bill as she shadows Iain Duncan Smith.

Byrne, who has been shuffled to higher education minister, is best known for leaving a note to his successor as Treasury chief secretary David Laws in 2010 saying: “Sorry, there is no money left”.

Reeves was a former Bank of England economist before being elected as MP for Leeds West in May 2010. She was hadow pensions minister from October 2010 to October 2011 before moving to the Treasury.

Chris Leslie will replace Reeves as shadow Treasury chief secretary as he moves up from Treasury financial secretary to shadow Danny Alexander and attend shadow cabinet.

Emma Reynolds has beem moved from the foreign office brief to become shadow housing minister and attend cabinet. She replaces Jack Dromey on housing and it is unknown whether he has been given another brief.

Junior ministerial changes will be announced tomorrow including Leslie’s replacement and whether Shadow pensions minister Gregg McClymont stays in his role.

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