Labour’s Rachel Reeves to join Treasury select committee


Former shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves is set to join the Treasury select committee following Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench selection.

She will replace Bill Esterson, who leaves the committee to become Corbyn’s minister for small business.

Reeves is the only candidate standing for the vacancy on the committee, with her position to be made formal as part of a vote on Tuesday.

The appointment marks a return to prominence for Reeves, who resigned from the shadow cabinet after Corbyn’s election as leader.

As well as two years leading the Labour party’s work and pensions team, she has also sat as the party’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, and previously held the post of shadow pensions minister for a year from October 2010.

Prior to entering parliament, Reeves worked as an economist in the Bank of England and the British Embassy in Washington.

Corbyn also selected Debbie Abrahams as his new minister for disabled people, leaving a space on the Work and Pensions select committee, which will be taken up by long serving Labour MP Stephen McCabe.

Since entering parliament in 1997, McCabe has sat on committees focusing on home affairs, and most recently spent two years as a shadow education minister.