>Shadow Cabinet Positions announced

>Alan Johnson has beaten both Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper to the position of Shadow Chancellor. It seems that Ed Miliband simply couldn’t decide between the married couple, so went for experience instead. Balls will now Shadow Theresa May in the Home Office, and Cooper will shadow William Hague’s Foreign Office. 


Other notable positions are Andy Burnham rightly being given Shadow Education Secretary, a brief in which he is likely to excel. An equally astute appointment is that of Deputy Leader Harriet Harman to Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. Unsurprisingly Liam Byrne has been moved out of the economic firing line, how much must he be regretting ‘that letter’? John Healey, who came second in the poll of Labour MPs, is rewarded with the position of Shadow Health Secretary.


In a rather pathetic move by Ed Miliband, Peter Hain becomes the Shadow Welsh Secretary. He has been co-opted into the Shadow Cabinet, along with Sean Woodward, who become Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary. Equally eyebrow raising is Miliband’s campaign manager Sadiq Khan becoming Shadow Justice Secretary. Mr Khan was bugged by M15 when he conducted visits to Woodhill Prison in 2005 and 2006.


The full team, and positions is as follows:

Leader of the Opposition
Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband MP


Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP


Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Minister for Women and Equalities
Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP


Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
Rt Hon Ed Balls MP


Chief Whip
Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Election Coordinator
Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP


Shadow Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice (with responsibility for political and constitutional reform)
Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Rt Hon John Denham MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Rt Hon John Healey MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Rt Hon Jim Murphy


Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Meg Hillier MP


Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Maria Eagle MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mary Creagh MP


Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Angela Eagle MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Rt Hon Shaun Woodward MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Ann McKechin MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Rt Hon Peter Hain MP


Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Ivan Lewis MP


Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon


Shadow Minister for the Olympics
Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP


Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP


Lords Chief Whip
Lord Bassam of Brighton


Shadow Attorney-General
Baroness Scotland


Also attending Shadow Cabinet meetings
Shadow Minister of State – Cabinet Office
Jon Trickett MP

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