UK 20 January 2011 Alan Johnson resigns as shadow chancellor Ed Balls named as shadow chancellor as Johnson stands down “for personal reasons”. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Tweet Alan Johnson has just announced his resignation as shadow chancellor "for personal reasons". After a strong start to 2011, Ed Miliband now faces the biggest crisis of his leadership. Ed Balls has been named as Johnson's replacement, with Yvette Cooper taking over from her husband as shadow home secretary. Douglas Alexander will replace Cooper as shadow foreign secretary. Below is the full text of Johnson's statement: I have decided to resign from the shadow cabinet for personal reasons to do with my family. I have found it difficult to cope with these personal issues in my private life whilst carrying out an important front-bench role. I am grateful to Ed Miliband for giving me the opportunity to serve as shadow chancellor of the exchequer. He is proving to be a formidable leader of the Labour Party and has shown me nothing but support and kindness. My time in parliament will now be dedicated to serving my constituents and supporting the Labour Party. I will make no further comment about this matter. After Johnson's recent political troubles, his decision to stand down comes as no surprise. His public disagreements with Ed Miliband over the 50p tax rate and the graduate tax damaged his cause from the start. Then, in quick succession, he failed to name the employers' rate of National Insurance, mistakenly suggested that VAT applied to food and appeared unsure of his own party's deficit reduction plan. He was swiftly identified by the Tories as the weak link in Labour's armoury and was ridiculed by David Cameron at PMQs (Johnson was a notable absence this week). The man who was once spoken of as a future Labour leader became the laughing stock of Westminster. Yet everything we're hearing suggests the decision was taken for purely personal reasons. There is nothing to suggest he was pushed out by Ed Miliband, who attempted to persuade him to stay. We can expect the Tories to focus on the appointment of Balls, the true "son of Brown", rather than the departure of Johnson. Below is the new shadow cabinet. Leader of the OppositionRt Hon Ed Miliband MP Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for International DevelopmentRt Hon Harriet Harman MP Shadow Chancellor of the ExchequerRt Hon Ed Balls MP Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth AffairsRt Hon Douglas Alexander MP Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department and Shadow Minister for Women and EqualitiesRt Hon Yvette Cooper MP Chief WhipRt Hon Rosie Winterton MP Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Election Co-ordinatorRt 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 (with responsibility for the policy review)Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and SkillsRt Hon John Denham MP Shadow Secretary of State for HealthRt Hon John Healey MP Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local GovernmentRt Hon Caroline Flint MP Shadow Secretary of State for DefenceRt Hon Jim Murphy MP Shadow Chief Secretary to the TreasuryAngela Eagle MP Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate ChangeMeg Hillier MP Shadow Leader of the House of CommonsRt Hon Hilary Benn MP Shadow Secretary of State for TransportMaria Eagle MP Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsMary Creagh MP Shadow Secretary of State for Northern IrelandRt Hon Shaun Woodward MP Shadow Secretary of State for ScotlandAnn McKechin MP Shadow Secretary of State for WalesRt Hon Peter Hain MP Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and SportIvan Lewis MP Shadow Leader of the House of LordsRt Hon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and the OlympicsRt Hon Tessa Jowell MP Lords Chief WhipRt Hon Lord Bassam of Brighton Shadow Attorney GeneralRt Hon Baroness Scotland of Ashtal QC › A witty, tragic tale of possible murder George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles No, William Hague, there's nothing anti-democratic about opposing Brexit Parliament will trigger Article 50 - but it may legally still be possible to cancel Brexit Who will win in Stoke-on-Trent?