New Labour leader unveils first shadow cabinet

New Labour leader unveils first shadow cabinet

Jeremy Corbyn was appointed as the new Labour party leader this weekend, crushing his three rivals with 60 per cent of the vote in the leadership contest.

He has now announced most of the key jobs in his first shadow cabinet, with defeated leadership rival Andy Burnham becoming shadow home secretary.

Mr Corbyn named his campaign manager John McDonnell as shadow chancellor, while Hilary Benn remains shadow foreign secretary.

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The top roles on the Labour front bench are all taken by men, however Angela Eagle, the new shadow business secretary, was also named shadow first secretary of state.

It means she will stand in for Mr Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions when prime minister David Cameron is away.

Lewisham MP Heidi Alexander will take over from Mr Burnham as shadow health secretary while Lord Falconer will continue as shadow justice secretary.

Chuka Umunna said he was leaving the front bench by “mutual agreement” and Mary Creagh also joined a number of MPs from the previous shadow cabinet who opted to return to the backbenches.

Other confirmed appointments are Seema Malhotra as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Diane Abbott as shadow minister for international development, shadow Northern Ireland secretary is Vernon Coaker, Rosie Winterton will continue as chief whip and Ian Murray will continue as shadow Scottish secretary.