New shadow cabinet role for Burnham

Jeremy Corbyn (centre) prepares to take to the stage after he was announced as the Labour Party's new leader at a special conference at the QEII Centre in London, as defeated candidate Andy Burnham (right) applauds.
Jeremy Corbyn (centre) prepares to take to the stage after he was announced as the Labour Party's new leader at a special conference at the QEII Centre in London, as defeated candidate Andy Burnham (right) applauds.

BOROUGH MP Andy Burnham has been named shadow home secretary in Jeremy Corbyn’s new Labour cabinet.

Burnham, who came second in the party leadership race, replaces Yvette Cooper, who finished third.

The cabinet announcement comes after several senior Labour figures ruled themselves out after Mr Corbyn’s landslide victory.

Liz Kendall, who came last of the four candidates in the leadership race, Tristram Hunt, Rachel Reeves, Chris Leslie, Emma Reynolds and Jamie Reed had all indicated their intentions to take up backbench roles.

Mr Corbyn is expected to make his first appearance on the Commons frontbench of his entire 32-year career as an MP as he leads the party in opposing the Government’s anti-strike laws on Monday.

He will also address his first meeting as leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Fellow left-wing serial rebel and campaign manager John McDonnell is charged with translating the anti-austerity message that helped sweep his close ally to victory into vote-winning policies as shadow chancellor.

It was also announced that Angela Eagle would be shadow first secretary of state as well as shadow business secretary - meaning she would stand in at Prime Minister’s question time when Jeremy Corbyn is absent.