Labour’s new Shadow Cabinet in full

7th October, 2013 4:30 pm

After a day of speculation – and months of build up – the new Shadow Cabinet has been officially confirmed. Miliband’s team have say that they are “rewarding some of our most talented women and newest MPs”, and there are certainly some eye catching promotions (and demotions) in the list. Vernon Coaker makes a big jump up from Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary to take on the Defence Portfolio, with Jim Murphy taking what most will view as a fairly clear demotion to DFID. Ivan lewis moves from DFID to replace Coaker at Northern Ireland. Perhaps the biggest winner today though is Tristram Hunt, who is now Shadow Education Secretary, with Stephen Twigg moving to the Justice team as a Shadow Minister of State. Liam Byrne is out of the Shadow Cabinet too – he’s off to be Shadow HE Minister – and is replaced, as expected, by Rachel Reeves.

The Shadow Cabinet (including attendees) is now 44% female – up from 40% – so getting closer to Miliband’s target of 50%. But perhaps just as interestingly, 31% of the Shadow Cabinet were elected in 2010.

Douglas Alexander will, as expected, take on the role of Chair of General Election Strategy and Planning. Michael Dugher will have lead responsibility for communications and day to day campaigning, whilst Jon Cruddas remains the driving force behind the manifesto.

They won’t be running the election campaign on their own though – Spencer Livermore (former Director of Strategy for Gordon Brown) will be returning to work for the party as General Election Campaign Director -with responsbility for managing the General Election campaign. he’ll be starting later this year.

And finally – Lord Falconer will be advising Miliband on planning and transition into government.

Here’s the list:

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party
Ed Miliband MP

Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Party Chair and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Harriet Harman MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ed Balls MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chair of General Election Strategy
Douglas Alexander MP

Shadow Home Secretary
Yvette Cooper MP

Shadow Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Minister for London
Sadiq Khan MP

Opposition Chief Whip
Rosie Winterton MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Andy Burnham MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Chuka Umunna MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 
Rachel Reeves MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education 

Tristram Hunt MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Vernon Coaker MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Hilary Benn MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Caroline Flint MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Chair of the National Policy Forum
Angela Eagle MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Mary Creagh MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Ivan Lewis MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Jim Murphy MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Margaret Curran MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales 

Owen Smith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Maria Eagle MP

Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Michael Dugher MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Party Chair
Jon Trickett MP

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
Gloria De Piero MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Chris Leslie MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Lords Chief Whip 
Lord Bassam of Brighton

Also attending Shadow Cabinet:

Shadow Minister for Care and Older People

Liz Kendall MP

Shadow Minister for Housing
Emma Reynolds

Shadow Attorney General
Emily Thornberry MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Lord Wood of Anfield

Coordinator of the Labour Party Policy Review
Jon Cruddas MP

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