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 few days (read our liveblog for updates).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 austerity and renationalise the railways.
The resignations are still coming, but here’s a list of the main posts:
Leader – Jeremy Corbyn MP
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer – John McDonnell MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rebecca Long-Bailey MP
Shadow Foreign Secretary – Emily Thornberry MP
Shadow Health Secretary – Diane Abbott MP
Shadow International Development Secretary – Kate Osamor MP
Shadow Environment Food and Rural Affairs Secretary – Rachel Maskell MP
Shadow Lord President of the Council and Campaigns and Elections Director – Jon Trickett MP
Deputy Leader of the Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office – Tom Watson MP
Shadow Minister without Portfolio (attends Shadow Cabinet) – Jonathan Ashworth MP
Shadow Home Secretary – Andy Burnham MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention – Grahame Morris MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – Barry Gardiner MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor – Richard Burgon MP
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities – Angela Rayner MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Debbie Abrahams MP
Shadow Education Secretary – Pat Glass MP
Shadow Transport Secretary – Andy McDonald MP
Shadow Defence Secretary – Clive Lewis MP
Shadow Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs – Cat Smith MP