Shadow cabinet appointments: full list

Ed Miliband surprises us all and appoints Alan Johnson as shadow chancellor.

It looks like we've got our first confirmed shadow cabinet appointments. Ed Miliband has stunned the Westminster village by naming Alan Johnson as shadow chancellor, with Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper, the two most economically literate figures, missing out. Instead, Balls becomes shadow home secretary and Cooper, who topped the shadow cabinet poll, is rewarded with the post of shadow foreign secretary.

Elsewhere, Miliband sensibly uses two of a possible five discretionary appointments to bring back Peter Hain (who was three votes short of election) as shadow Welsh secretary and Shaun Woodward back as shadow Northern Ireland secretary.

Miliband's campaign manager, Sadiq Khan, becomes shadow justice secretary and his other key allies, John Denham and Hilary Benn, become shadow business secretary and shadow leader of the Commons respectively.

Andy Burnham, who impressed many in the party with his leadership campaign, is rewarded with the education portfolio and the post of general election co-ordinator.

UPDATE: Here's the new shadow cabinet in full.

Leader: Ed Miliband

Deputy Leader and International Development Secretary: Harriet Harman

Shadow Chancellor: Alan Johnson

Shadow Foreign Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities: Yvette Cooper

Shadow Home Secretary: Ed Balls

Chief Whip: Rosie Winterton

Shadow Education Secretary and Election co-ordinator: Andy Burnham

Shadow Justice Secretary: Sadiq Khan

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary: Douglas Alexander

Shadow Business Secretary: John Denham

Shadow Health Secretary: John Healey

Shadow Communities Secretary: Caroline Flint

Shadow Defence Secretary: Jim Murphy

Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary: Meg Hillier

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons: Hilary Benn

Shadow Transport Secretary: Maria Eagle

Shadow Environment Secretary: Mary Creagh

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Angela Eagle

Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary: Shaun Woodward

Shadow Scottish Secretary: Ann McKechin

Shadow Welsh Secretary: Peter Hain

Shadow Culture Secretary: Ivan Lewis

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords: Baroness Jan Royall

Shadow Minister for the Olympics: Tessa Jowell

Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office: Liam Byrne

Lord Chief Whip: Lord Steve Bassam

Shadow Attorney-General: Baroness Scotland

Also attending:

Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party: Tony Lloyd

Shadow Minister of State - Cabinet Office: Jon Trickett

 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Commons Confidential: What happened at Tom Watson's birthday party?

Finances, fair and foul – and why Keir Starmer is doing the time warp.

Keir Starmer’s comrades mutter that a London seat is an albatross around the neck of the ambitious shadow Brexit secretary. He has a decent political CV: he was named after Labour’s first MP, Keir Hardie; he has a working-class background; he was the legal champion of the McLibel Two; he had a stint as director of public prosecutions. The knighthood is trickier, which is presumably why he rarely uses the title.

The consensus is that Labour will seek a leader from the north or the Midlands when Islington’s Jeremy Corbyn jumps or is pushed under a bus. Starmer, a highly rated frontbencher, is phlegmatic as he navigates the treacherous Brexit waters. “I keep hoping we wake up and it’s January 2016,” he told a Westminster gathering, “and we can have another run. Don’t we all?” Perhaps not everybody. Labour Remoaners grumble that Corbyn and particularly John McDonnell sound increasingly Brexitastic.

To Tom Watson’s 50th birthday bash at the Rivoli Ballroom in south London, an intact 1950s barrel-vaulted hall generous with the velvet. Ed Balls choreographed the “Gangnam Style” moves, and the Brockley venue hadn’t welcomed so many politicos since Tony Blair’s final Clause IV rally 22 years ago. Corbyn was uninvited, as the boogying deputy leader put the “party” back into the Labour Party. The thirsty guests slurped the free bar, repaying Watson for 30 years of failing to buy a drink.

One of Westminster’s dining rooms was booked for a “Decent Chaps Lunch” by Labour’s Warley warrior, John Spellar. In another room, the Tory peer David Willetts hosted a Christmas reception on behalf of the National Centre for Universities and Business. In mid-January. That’s either very tardy or very, very early.

The Labour Party’s general secretary, Iain McNicol, is a financial maestro, having cleared the £25m debt that the party inherited from the Blair-Brown era. Now I hear that he has squirrelled away a £6m war chest as insurance against Theresa May gambling on an early election. Wisely, the party isn’t relying on Momentum’s fractious footsloggers.

The word in Strangers’ Bar is that the Welsh MP Stephen Kinnock held his own £200-a-head fundraiser in London. Either the financial future of the Aberavon Labour Party is assured, or he fancies a tilt at the top job.

Dry January helped me recall a Labour frontbencher explaining why he never goes into the Commons chamber after a skinful: “I was sitting alongside a colleague clearly refreshed by a liquid lunch. He intervened and made a perfectly sensible point without slurring. Unfortunately, he stood up 20 minutes later and repeated the same point, word for word.”

Kevin Maguire is the associate editor (politics) of the Daily Mirror

Kevin Maguire is Associate Editor (Politics) on the Daily Mirror and author of our Commons Confidential column on the high politics and low life in Westminster. An award-winning journalist, he is in frequent demand on television and radio and co-authored a book on great parliamentary scandals. He was formerly Chief Reporter on the Guardian and Labour Correspondent on the Daily Telegraph.

This article first appeared in the 19 January 2016 issue of the New Statesman, The Trump era