Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne has escaped the axe in a reshuffle of Labour’s front bench.
Byrne has lost responsibility for Labour’s policy review but will keep his work and pensions brief despite speculation last week that he would be returned to the backbenches. John Cruddas, MP for Dagenham, takes over at the head of the policy review team. Lord Adonis will advise the review on industrial strategy.
Labour leader Ed Miliband says: “I want to thank Liam for his excellent work in kick starting the ideas that Labour will need to win in 2015, and for working so hard to make sure our agenda is rooted firmly in the issues that matter to hardworking people in Britain.
“Jon Cruddas is already known as one of the most radical and deepest thinkers in the party. As the policy review enters its next phase, I look forward to him bringing his energy and new ideas.
Shadow Treasury exchequer secretary Owen Smith replaces Peter Hain as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales after Hain stepped down on Sunday. Catherine McKinnell will move from her role as shadow minister for children and young families to replace Smith. Miliband says Smith has shown himself to be a “real talent” in his role working alongside Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.
Ed Miliband will recommend to the party’s National Policy Forum that Shadow leader of the house Angela Eagle becomes its new chair.
Miliband says: “I am also delighted he will be working with Angela Eagle, in her proposed role as Chair of the National Policy Forum, combined with Shadow Leader of the House. She brings great policy and political acumen to the role.”