Morning Call: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

1. The coalition counts on blaming Labour for everything. Bad move (Observer)

Rafael Behr notes that David Cameron's strategy depends on voters forgetting the good times, however illusory. But they won't.

2. Nick Clegg's Lords reforms could destroy the authority of the Commons (Sunday Telegraph)

The Deputy Prime Minister's passion for constitutional change has been written off as harmless Lib Dem pottiness – but it could do immense damage to our system of government, argues Peter Oborne.

3. Willetts banks on the silver vote (Independent on Sunday)

Many older people will gain under the coalition, and be unaffected by its most draconian measures, says John Rentoul.

4. That's our cash leaking from Ulster's pipes (Sunday Times)

Northern Ireland has more rainfall than most of the UK and it gets its water from a lake that is full at this time of year. So how did it run out of water?

5. What can David Cameron learn from Margaret Thatcher? (Sunday Telegraph)

The Iron Lady's reign could teach our Prime Minister a thing or two, believes Tim Montgomerie.

6. Who will confront the hatred in Hungary? (Observer)

The European Union seems happy to ignore the repression that is happening under Viktor Orbán, says Nick Cohen.

7. What's green about encouraging us to drive? (Independent on Sunday)

Steep fare increases today and an uncomfortable return to work on crowded trains will galvanise a rebellious new movement, says Alexandra Woodsworth.

8. You cannot hide, so fight the web spies (Sunday Times)

Jenni Russell argues that the technologies that exposed diplomats during the WikiLeaks revelations have the capacity to do the same to us, too.

9. My New Year's prediction: the coalition won't collapse – just be hated (Sunday Telegraph)

All the contortions and concessions required to keep the alliance going will lead to irreparable dissatisfaction, says Janet Daley.

10. Afghanistan: our mandate for action is finally exhausted (Observer)

This editorial argues that we will be withdrawing our troops not because we have won or lost in any conventional sense.

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Who is in Jeremy Corbyn's new shadow cabinet?

Folllowing the resignation of over a dozen MPs, Jeremy Corbyn has begun appointing a new front bench.

Following an attempted coup over the weekend, Jeremy Corbyn has begun forming his new shadow cabinet, appointing MPs to replace the numerous front bench resignations that have taken place over the last 24 hours.

The cabinet is notable for containing a relatively large proportion of MPs from the 2015 intake, many of whom were also among the 36 MPs who nominated Corbyn as a leadership candidate last year. 

Emily Thornberry

Shadow Foreign Secretary

Thornberry, a former human rights barrister, served under Ed Miliband as shadow attorney general until she resigned in 2014 following a “snobbish” tweet about an England flag sent on the day of the Rochester by-election. The MP for Islington South since 2005, she returned to the shadow cabinet in 2010 as Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow employment minister, and then helped him out of a difficult position by accepting the position of shadow defence secretary in the January 2016 reshuffle after a spat between her predecessor, Angela Eagle, and Ken Livingstone.

Diane Abbott

Shadow Health Secretary

Diane Abbott, known for her forthright interventions on a wide variety of subjects as well as her zany appearances on the This Week sofa with Michael Portillo, has held a health brief before – she was shadow minister for public health under Ed Miliband (although she was sacked in 2013, saying “Ed wanted more message discipline”). A long-time ally of Corbyn’s – they had a brief relationship in the 1970s – she nominated him for the leadership and accepted the post of shadow international development secretary upon his victory in September 2015.

Pat Glass

Shadow Education Secretary

Pat Glass, a former Labour councillor in the north-east, was elected to parliament for North West Durham in 2010. She was initially appointed shadow education minister in September 2015 when Jeremy Corbyn first formed his shadow cabinet, and was then reshuffled to shadow Europe in January 2016. She now returns to her old brief.

Andy McDonald

Shadow Transport Secretary 

McDonald entered parliament in 2012 after the by-election following Stuart Bell’s death. He served Emily Thornbery as PPS from 2013, and then joined the shadow cabinet in January 2016 to replace Jonathan Reynolds as shadow minister for rail (Reynolds resigned in protest after Corbyn sacked Pat McFadden).

Clive Lewis

Shadow Defence Secretary

Clive Lewis is part of the 2015 intake, and has been a vocal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn. He was appointed shadow energy minister in September 2015, and has been staunch in his opposition to Trident renewal. He has military experience, having done a three-month combat tour of Afghanistan in 2009.

Rebecca Long-Bailey

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Rebecca Long-Bailey is MP for Salford and Eccles elected in 2015. She previously worked as a solicitor, and was given the backing of Unite and Salford’s elected mayor Ian Stewart when she decided to run for parliament.

Long-Bailey was one of the MPs who nominated Corbyn for the leadership in 2015. After winning the leadership, Corbyn used her to replace Hilary Benn on Labour’s NEC.

Kate Osamor

Shadow International Development Secretary

Kate Osamor is the MP for Edmonton, also elected in 2015. She is Labour Co-operative politician, and was previously a GP practice manager.

Osamor also nominated Corbyn for leader. In January, she was made Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.

Read a profile with Osamor from last year.

Rachael Maskell

Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary

Rachael Maskell is the MP for York Central, elected in 2015. Before becoming an MP, she was a care-worker and physiotherapist in the NHS. She is committed to improving mental health services and has served on the Health Select Committee since July.

Until recently, she worked on the Shadow Defence Team under Maria Eagle.

Cat Smith

Shadow Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs

Cat Smith has been the MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood since 2015. Prfeviously Shadow Minister for Women, Smith worked for Corbyn before entering parliament, and was one of the 36 MPs to nominate him for the leadership in 2016.

Lancashire Constabulary are currently investigating allegations that Smith breached spending limits on election campaigning.

Dave Anderson

Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary

Dave Anderson has been the MP for Blaydon since 2005. He worked as a miner until 1989 and then subsequently as a care worker, during which time he was also an activist in UNISON.

He has been a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee since 2005, with a longstanding interest in the Peace Process. In early 2015, Anderson was one of the signatories of an open letter to then leader Ed Miliband calling on Labour to oppose authority and renationalise the railways.