New shadow roles for MPs

MPs Yvonne Fovargue (left) and Lisa Nandy
MPs Yvonne Fovargue (left) and Lisa Nandy
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TWO of Wigan’s MPs are cramming up on new subjects after being reshuffled by their leader.

Both Lisa Nandy and Yvonne Fovargue, who represent Wigan and Makerfield respectively, have been moved to new shadow roles in Ed Miliband’s latest team shake-up.

Ms Fovargue got a personal phone call from the Labour Party chief asking her to join the Shadow Defence Team working with Shadow Secretary of State Vernon Coaker MP.

The promotion marks a whirlwind start to her parliamentary career for the former chief executive of St Helens Citizens’ Advice Bureau. She was promoted to the Whips Office in January 2011 before joining the Shadow Transport team last October.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of transport but there is no greater responsibility facing politicians in government or opposition than the protection of our country and its people.

“I firmly believe that we have the very best armed forces and I am pleased that Ed Miliband believes that I can make a positive contribution in this vital area.

“My priority is and will always remain to put Makerfield first and I will give my all in the fight to secure prosperity for our area in Parliament.”

Meanwhile, Ms Nandy has moved from being shadow children’s minister to the shadow minister for charities, replacing Gareth Thomas.

A previous senior policy adviser to the Children’s Society, Nandy will work under Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East, who was announced as shadow minister for the Cabinet Office on Monday.

Leigh MP Andy Burnham remains Shadow Health Secretary.